Overall, 2021 was an extraordinary year for the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry.
Politicians routinely discussed crypto policy, China banned bitcoin mining and crypto trading, and a sovereign nation made bitcoin legal tender.
On the tech front, Bitcoin and Ethereum implemented protocol-wide improvements as legitimate layer 1 smart contract competitors to Ethereum began making waves.
All this and more are explored in the CoinDesk 2021 Annual Crypto Review.
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