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$6,437
(+0.55%)

Price (USD)

1.0000฿
(0.00%)

Price (BTC)

$3.2B

Trade Volume (24hrs)

$135.1B

Y2050 Implied Marketcap

82.61%

Y2050 Supply % Issued

Snapshot

Age

9yrs 9mos

Marketcap (current)

$111.6B

Marketcap (Y2050)

$135.1B

Price (USD)

$6,437

24hr Change (%)

+0.55%

24hr Trade Volume

$3.2B

All Time High

$20,089

All Time High Date

2017-12-17

% down from ATH

67.96%

Vladimir Club Cost

$13.51M

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What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is the first decentralized digital currency. It was made possible by a breakthrough in computer science which brought together decades worth of research into decentralized systems and digital cash. Bitcoin made it possible for digital goods to be scarce (uncopyable) without any centralized institution controlling it. Bitcoin is used as electronic cash and digital gold.

Recent Bitcoin Stories by Messari

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Merger and acquisition activity for crypto companies has more than doubled in the past year amid a 54 percent slump in bitcoin ($BTC) prices, according to Pitchbook data compiled by JMP Securities. A majority of the M&A transactions are global in nature and "relatively small" at less than $100 million.

💰 US marshals to auction $4.3 million in Bitcoin next month

U.S. Marshals announced plans to auction 660 bitcoins ($BTC), worth nearly $4.3 million, in a sealed bid auction in November. These bitcoins were forfeited in federal criminal, civil, and administrative cases.

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Bitcoin Historical Price Lookup

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Bitcoin ROI

1 week

3%

1 month

-3%

3 months

-16%

1 year

6%

5 years

3,201%

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Bitcoin Supply Snapshot

Current supply

17,334,475

Y2050 supply (est.)

20,983,495

% Y2050 Issued

82.61%

Type

Capped supply

Max

21000000

Ongoing emission type

Proof-of-Work

Mechanics

Decaying emission

Final coin date

2140

Halving period

Every 210,000 blocks

Supply Details

The rate at which new bitcoins are created is algorithmically cut in half roughly every 4 years (210,000 blocks). Bitcoin has gone through two halvings to date; in November 2012, and again in July 2016. Since blocks are generated every 10 minutes on average, and starting at 50 new bitcoins per block when the system was launched in 2009, this creates a very well-defined supply curve. The stability of Bitcoin's monetary policy a key differentiator versus other crypto assets.