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17 mln bitcoins are now mined

Friday 27 April 2018 09:37 CET | News

Data from statoshi.info has revealed that in a round million milestone, 17 mln bitcoins have been mined as of April 26, 2018.

Because of Bitcoin’s supply cap of 21 mln, this means that only 4 mln Bitcoin, or about 19%, remain to be mined.

The last time the number of Bitcoin mined hit a round million mark was in late November, 2016. Bitcoin’s code dictates that there is a 21 mln coin cap, created as a way to introduce digital scarcity to the cryptocurrency. The protocol is also designed to make the rate that coins are produced slower over time – every 210,000 blocks the network halves the block reward, meaning that the rate of new BTC creation exponentially slows down.

The most recent halving was in July 2016, and since then, miners receive a 12.5 BTC reward for every block that they mine. Assuming the Bitcoin protocol remains the same – following Satoshi’s halving schedule and block validation every 10 minutes on average – the last newly minted Bitcoin will be in 2140.


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Keywords: Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin mining, Satoshi
Categories: Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies | Cryptocurrencies
Countries: World
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