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How Bitcoin Inscriptions drove transaction volumes, fees on network

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As Inscriptions surge on the Bitcoin network, generating substantial volumes and fees, miners reap the benefits.

How Bitcoin Inscriptions drove transaction volumes, fees on network

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  • Inscriptions accounted for over 39% of transactions and fees on the Bitcoin network.
  • BTC price declined by over 1% as volume remained neutral.

Recent reports indicated that the Bitcoin [BTC] network witnessed an unabated surge in inscriptions. These remarkable services on the network have been generating substantial transaction volumes and fees.

Inscriptions impact Bitcoin transactions and fees

Glassnode’s report sheds light on the continuing significance of inscriptions on the Bitcoin network. The data revealed widespread adoption of BRC-20 tokens largely drove this impact.

Remarkably, inscriptions accounted for nearly 40% of all transactions on the Bitcoin network, as outlined in the report. 

Inscriptions share of Bitcoin transactions

Source: Glassnode

Furthermore, according to the chart provided by Glassnode, Inscriptions contributed approximately 25% of the total transaction fees generated.

Bitcoin Inscriptions fee share

Source: TradingView

Current transaction count and fees

Glassnode’s data revealed a surge in Bitcoin transactions in recent weeks, with notable spikes starting in April. These spikes propelled the transaction count to the highest level ever recorded on the Bitcoin network since its inception.

As of 31 May, the transaction count exceeded 420,000, although it had seen a subsequent decline, according to the chart. Nevertheless, it remained among the highest points for Bitcoin transactions.

Examining the fees on the Bitcoin network, it was evident that daily fees peaked at over $17 million around May 8. However, there was a subsequent decline, and as of this writing, daily fees amounted to over $2.2 million.

These transaction and fee records highlight inscriptions’ significant contribution, surpassing the regular daily volume. This increase in volume proved advantageous for miners operating on the network. 

Bitcoin miners key into inscriptions season

The Miner Revenue chart observed on Glassnode indicated that miners were reaping the benefits of this Inscription season. In May, Miner Revenue experienced a substantial surge, surpassing 1,400 BTC.

Although it has since declined, the current revenue stood at an impressive 949 BTC. The spike in Miner Fees could also be attributed to the recent buzz surrounding Inscriptions and BRC-20 tokens. This further highlighted the impact of these developments on BTC mining.

Bitcoin Miner Revenue

Source: Glassnode

Volume and price trend neutral

Despite the noteworthy contributions of Inscriptions transactions to the overall BTC transaction count, the volume metric has remained the same.

Santiment’s volume metric indicated that Bitcoin did not witness any significant transaction movement. As of this writing, the current transaction volume hovered around 15.6 billion.

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In addition, recent price charts revealed a downtrend in the price of Bitcoin on a daily timeframe. As of this writing, it was trading at approximately $26,900, experiencing a decline of over 1%.

Although there has been an increase in transactions in recent weeks, the price of Bitcoin was yet to initiate an upward trend, according to the most recent price charts.

BTC/USD price move

Source: TradingView



Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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