Today I Learned, 4 Most Interesting Facts About Bitcoin

Last Updated: March 5, 2014

 

Bitcoin (BTC) is world’s first digital currency which is not controlled by any Government or bank. It was launched in 2009.

Since there is no bank involved in the distribution of bitcoins, a complex mathematical mechanism known as ‘Bitcoin mining‘ is used to control the distribution of bitcoins in the market. Bitcoin find its use in buying stuff online like games, music, books etc. Bitcoins are also traded for various currencies like Dollars, Euros etc, on several exchanges.

Link to the video which gives you a better overview of bitcoin.

Now, coming to the interesting stuff. Today, I am going to share 4 most interesting facts about bitcoin which you probably haven’t heard of.

 Facts About Bitcoin

1. No one knows who created Bitcoin. 

Bitcoin was launched by a person (or persons) known by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto and hence, no one actually knows who developed it, from which country it is functioning and Is it handled by a single person or a group of developers. A mystery, yet to be solved.

2. The first Bitcoin transaction ever made was 10,000 BTC for a pizza (on May 22, 2010), which is now worth approx 71,9960 USD (at the time of writing post).

It could be rephrased as, the costliest Pizza ever sold was for 71,9960 USD.

Link to the forum where all the discussion about the first Bitcoin transaction happened.

3. The total number of Bitcoins in circulation will never exceed the 21 million.

Now the question is why the number of bitcoins will never exceed 21 million? The short explanation is here, as stated by en.bitcoin.it

Bitcoins are created each time a user discovers a new block. The rate of block creation is approximately constant over time: 6 per hour. The number of bitcoins generated per block is set to decrease geometrically, with a 50% reduction every 4 years. The result is that the number of bitcoins in existence will never exceed 21 million. This algorithm was chosen because it approximates the rate at which commodities like gold are mined.

Here’s a chart which shows the number of bitcoins that will exist in the near future. For detailed information about Bitcoins, Visit here.

number of Bitcoins that will exist in the near future

4. During the Bitcoin electronic currency boom, police incorrectly raided a coin miner’s house for growing marijuana because of his too high electric bill.

As the valuation of bitcoins rose from few cents to 27 USD in mid 2010, It became more popular in masses and increased competition between miners to increase the profits. Thus, many miners started mining bitcoins for over 24 hours a day. The incident mentioned above is the result of the same.

I hope you enjoyed the post.

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