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Assessing Bitcoin Ordinals’ crest and trough season since July

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Here’s how Bitcoin Ordinals fared over the last month. At some point, activity on the network was quiet. Other times, it was not.

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  • The total number of inscriptions on the Bitcoin blockchain has surpassed 24 million.
  • Bitcoin NFTs were no more in the top five with respect to volume.

Over the past few months, Bitcoin Ordinals witnessed an interplay of highs and lows, marking significant shifts in the ecosystem. At press time, the total inscriptions minted till data had surpassed 24 million. 

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Bottoms through the peaks

Data from Dune Analytics showed that BTC Ordinals crossing the 24 million landmark could be linked to a hike in daily inscriptions. On 14 August, the daily inscriptions minted on the Bitcoin blockchain was 317, 350. This represented the highest number over the last week.

The number of Bitcoin Ordinals inscriptions created overtime

Source: Dune Analytics

But before the recent increase, Bitcoin Ordinals witnessed a down season. For instance, on 2, 12, and 22 July, the number of inscriptions stood at an extremely low level and did not edge any closer to the peaks. On 7 and 8 August, the situation continued.

The decline in the aforementioned times explains how interest in Bitcoin Ordinals subdued. Furthermore, the activity rate was also not as impressive as in the first quarter (Q1). Thus, the decrease meant that users’ creation of Bitcoin-native Digital Artifacts fell.

Recall that Ordinals, put forward by Casy Rodarmor, emerged around the first three months of the year. And despite the controversy around the application on the Bitcoin network, its adoption skyrocketed.

A twist of fate for Ordinals

Introducing recursive inscriptions to the blockchain significantly impacted the technology. For context, recursive inscriptions are features of the Bitcoin blockchain that allows for the creation of complex data structures that can be stored on the blockchain. 

Furthermore, developers noted that they will create a chain of inscriptions with the introduction of recursive inscriptions in July. Additionally, each of these references data was created previously, from existing inscriptions.

As a result, thousands of recursive inscriptions made it to the Bitcoin blockchain. At the time of writing, assets inscribed in text format topped the inscription created to date. Images came second while applications did not account for much.

Bitcoin ordinals inscriptions by type

Source: Dune Analytics

Despite making as much as $56 million in fees, Bitcoin Ordinals have been yanked off the NFT top standings. At some point,  Bitcoin NFT sales threatened to take Ethereum [ETH] off the top spot.

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Unfortunately, the blockchain has not been able to maintain that momentum. At press time, Bitcoin had dropped to 7th in terms of the volume registered by each blockchain. The fall reinforced the notion that interest in Bitcoin Ordinals and NFTs at large had reduced.


Victor Olanrewaju is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Settled in Lagos, his fascination with blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency market arose out of his love of freedom and everything free. As a Nigerian, Victor understands the impact unfounded financial restrictions have on a population. He sees Bitcoin and cryptos as a way to circumvent these obstacles, as a tool for value creation despite all the setbacks. A graduate in Physics, Victor previously worked as a Senior Marketer at Melange Technologies. Before that, he dealt with crypto-marketers on a regular basis in his capacity as Copywriter at Ventrix Media. At AMBCrypto, Victor’s focus is on assessing the real effectiveness of both on-chain and off-chain developments on a project and its community sentiment.
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