Haider Jamal

Apr 20, 2024

The 2024 Bitcoin Halving Has Successfully Been Completed

Bitcoin (BTC) has successfully undergone its fourth-ever halving event after reaching its 840,000th block, marking the point where mining rewards are halved once more. The significant event witnessed a decrease in Bitcoin miner rewards, dropping to 3.125 BTC per mined block compared to the previous 6.25 BTC.

Billionaire investor Tim Draper believes that the halving will help drive the price of Bitcoin to $250,000 or more, a prediction he has consistently made, particularly in 2022. Elsewhere, Bitcoin enthusiast Herbert Sim stated that there are other factors currently affecting price speculation, and that the halving is not the sole factor to consider.


Mining Rewards Decreased Once More

Starting today, Bitcoin miners will receive 3.125 BTC per mined block, as previously mentioned. This is a programmed process within the Bitcoin protocol occurring every 210,000 blocks mined, roughly every four years. The previous three halvings took place in 2012, 2016, and 2020, resulting in significant reductions in mining rewards over time. The initial Bitcoin halving in 2012 reduced the block reward 25 BTC.

The primary objective of the Bitcoin halving is to control scarcity and regulate the inflationary supply of Bitcoin. Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous founder of Bitcoin, incorporated this mechanism into the code. By halving mining rewards, this process effectively slows down the rate of new Bitcoin creation. The system will persist until approximately 2140 when all Bitcoin is mined.


Plenty Of Anticipation

Major Bitcoin miners have been preparing for the event. Marathon Digital recently announced its intention to acquire a 200-megawatt (MW) Bitcoin mining facility in Texas for $87.3 million. In December 2023, competitor Bitcoin mining firm Riot Platforms purchased 66,560 mining rigs through manufacturer MicroBT in one of the largest expansions of hash rate in history.

In any case, the Bitcoin halving is a crucial event that historically indicates a shift in the market, typically initiating a bullish trend over the following months. Despite short-term forecasts of price volatility within the crypto community, there is optimism about the long-term price potential of both BTC and the crypto industry in general.


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