Posts Tagged ‘BTC block reward halving

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The second Bitcoin block reward halving is going to happen in a bit less than 3 days from now with a little over 400 blocks remaining. The amount of Bitcoins rewarded for each block decreases over time, getting halved once every 210000 blocks (approximately every four years). When Bitcoin was created in 2009, the initial block reward was 50 BTC, then in November 2012, it dropped to 25 BTC after the first halving. As a result of the block reward getting reduced once more in a few days finding a new Bitcoin block will start rewarding the miner that found it with just 12.5 BTC instead of 25 BTC like it is still at the moment. Following this development in 4 more years or sometime in 2020 the next Bitcoin block reward halving is expected to take place further reducing the block reward in half to just 6.25 BTC and so on. This will continue until the total limit of 21 million Bictoins are mined, though this will take quite a lot of years. The total number of BTC after the halving of the block reward should be about 15 Million and 750 Thousands out of the 21 Million total and with the continuing reduction of the reward over time the remaining over 5 Million of coins will take years and years and more halvings to be mined (estimated time is around 2140).

One more useful website dedicated to tracking the Bitcoin block reward halving…

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The Bitcoin exchange rate has jumped significantly going all the way up to $500 USD on many EU and US-based exchanges and skyrocketing even higher on some Asian exchanges. The jump seems to be caused mostly the Chinese BTC markets driving the price up as as the national currency apparently suffers another devaluation and people are moving to investing their money in Bitcoins. The side effect from this jump in BTC exchange rate however is the drop in price for many altcoins that might suffer loosing some of their value, but it might be just temporary. This creates a good opportunity for profiting by doing some arbitrage trading between different exchanges and buying the right altcoins at the right price, it is risky, but might result in a good profit later on. Another thing that might be influencing the recent uptrend in the BTC price on exchanges is the upcoming block reward halving that should hit in about a month and a half around the start on July. So be smart and do trades carefully during this turbulent moment…

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We have compiled a short table showing how much Bitcoin you could mine with 1 THS hashrate starting November 1st up until the estimate for February 1st this year. This period covers 3 months and as you can see the coins mined for just these 3 months pretty much halved due to the rapid increase in the network hashrate and thus the network difficulty. The table shows the numbers of coins you could expect to have mined without any cost for electricity for own hosted mining hardware or maintenance fees for cloud mining. The end result is pretty much the same however – the profit for miners has declined significantly, especially for the ones using older hardware with more electricity being used.

What some of you might not remember that well already is that prior to November last year the exchange rate of Bitcoin was in the $200-230 USD range and around November 1st it was already in the three hundreds, briefly peaking up to about $500 USD. For the last three months the price of BTC has essentially almost doubled, so considering that the difficulty has also doubled miners should still be getting roughly the same amount of USD when they convert the mined BTC, even though the coins mined are half of what they were before.

Later this year another important event for Bitcoin is going to take place, in about 6 months we are expecting to see the second halving of BTC block reward from from 25 to 12.5 coins. This essentially means that the coins mined will yet again drop in half with many expecting that the price of Bitcoin will compensate by increasing further from the level it is now. If this happens we might as well see 1 BTC traded for about $1000 USD as early as this summer…

To keep track of the remaining time you can check the Bitcoin Block Reward Halving countdown here…


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