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Bitcoin [BTC] block halving is 66% complete; next block halving in 495 days




Bitcoin [BTC] block halving is 66% complete; next block halving in 495 days
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Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency in the world, seems to be stuck in the $3,600 range for a very long time after a sudden drop and rise within a week.

The Lightning Network, on the other hand, has reached a total capacity of 575 BTC i.e., ~$2 million, indicating that the Bitcoin community is growing and so is the adoption.

The fundamentals of Bitcoin are also growing strong as each day passes by. Moreover, as of block 558,600, 66% of the blocks have been mined until the next block halving, which is supposed to take place on May 25, 2020.

Block halving is a process where the mining rewards will get halved after a total of 210,000 blocks are mined. The reward, however, will be reduced from 12.5 coins to 6.25 coins. It means that for every block mined the reward that a miner will get will be equivalent to 6.25 coins or 6.25 BTC.

At the time of writing, the total number blocks mined for Bitcoin were 558,763 and the inflation rate per annum is at 3.83%. The number of Bitcoins mined every year will reduce with every single halving until all the Bitcoins [21 million] are mined.

The previous block halving of Bitcoin happened in 2016 and before that, the block halving was noticed in 2012. Observing the price actions from the past, it can be seen that BTC’s prices generally tend to spike after halving.

Consider, 2012 halving which took place on November 28, 2012, when the price of Bitcoin was just $12.25. However, the prices peaked after 368 days and reached a whopping $1,149.

The next halving happened on August 7, 2016, the price of Bitcoin was at $657.61. After 498 days the price of Bitcoin reached its all-time high of ~$20,000.

History might repeat, it might not, but the prices rising after the halving could be a probable outcome.

@BTCblockbot tweeted:

“As of block 558,600, we are 66% of the way through to the next halving, estimated for Monday, May 25 2020”

Moreover, Litecoin’s mining block reward is also set to be halved on August 08, 2019, which leaves 204 days at the time of writing. As of block 1,562,469, 86% of the blocks have been mined and only 117,531 blocks remain until the next halving.

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Akash is your usual Mechie with an unusual interest in cryptos and day trading, ergo, a full-time writer at AMBCrypto and a part-time novice trader.

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    Fan Xia

    January 19, 2019 at 4:59 AM

    Ahh no, block reward or more precisely coin reward isn’t inflationary. You cold have pre-mine the 21 million coins and 21 million was there ever going to be. Bitcoin isn’t inflationary. The Block reward serves as early incentive for miners and it also servers as a method for distributing the coin to others.

    The coin reward halves or is designed to be diminishing is to provide time for the network to grow and ease miners from coin reward dependency to user fees as Block size scale. As block size scale, miners becomes ever more depended on user fees and less and less on coin reward. Eventually coin reward diminishes to near zero and miners transition to stable revenue derived from fees through global use of Bitcoin network.

    That’s why Gevin Anderson proposed Bitcoin block size to double every 2 years. Bitcoin has to scale up on chain or it cannot sustain and it will die eventually. Core took a drastic change limiting block size to 1MB. This effectively crippled mining economics.

    BTC price is speculative without use and LN won’t work. I won’t get into LN here but forcing miners to depend solely on coin price and diminish coin reward that halves cannot be a stable and sustainable business. that’s hwy many mining company go belly up frankly they have no stable income. Imagine block size scales and capacity was never an issue last December, we have wide adoption and block now scales to hold million transactions per block. How much do you think miners will be making in dependable user fees through global use of the Bitcoin ledger for transactions of all types?

    That’s how Bitcoin was designed to sustain mining. Making drastic protocol changes such as limiting block size from scaling upsets the balance of Bitcoin economics.

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