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Cryptocurrencies:  5,690Markets:  22,832Market Cap:  $261,274,085,17424h Vol:  $47,445,978,300BTC Dominance:  64.2%
Market Cap:  $261,274,085,17424h Vol:  $47,445,978,300BTC Dominance:  64.2%Cryptocurrencies:  5,690Markets:  22,832

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  • Market Cap
    $167,895,844,577 USD
    18,429,585 BTC
  • Volume (24h)
    $12,310,855,448 USD
    1,351,338 BTC
  • Circulating Supply
    18,423,300 BTC
  • Max Supply
    21,000,000 BTC
  • Historical data for Bitcoin

    Currency in USD
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    DateOpen*HighLowClose**VolumeMarket Cap
    Date
    DateOpen*HighLowClose**VolumeMarket Cap
    Jan 21, 2018
    12,889.20
    12,895.90
    11,288.20
    11,600.10
    9,935,179,776
    195,089,460,991
    Jan 20, 2018
    11,656.20
    13,103.00
    11,656.20
    12,899.20
    11,801,700,352
    216,907,619,830
    Jan 19, 2018
    11,429.80
    11,992.80
    11,172.10
    11,607.40
    10,740,400,128
    195,158,837,709
    Jan 18, 2018
    11,198.80
    12,107.30
    10,942.50
    11,474.90
    15,020,399,616
    192,907,550,324
    Jan 17, 2018
    11,431.10
    11,678.00
    9,402.29
    11,188.60
    18,830,600,192
    188,070,430,523
    Jan 16, 2018
    13,836.10
    13,843.10
    10,194.90
    11,490.50
    18,853,799,936
    193,121,120,762
    Jan 15, 2018
    13,767.30
    14,445.50
    13,641.70
    13,819.80
    12,750,799,872
    232,242,775,485
    Jan 14, 2018
    14,370.80
    14,511.80
    13,268.00
    13,772.00
    11,084,099,584
    231,413,491,364
    Jan 13, 2018
    13,952.40
    14,659.50
    13,952.40
    14,360.20
    12,763,599,872
    241,268,592,240
    Jan 12, 2018
    13,453.90
    14,229.90
    13,158.10
    13,980.60
    12,065,699,840
    234,865,160,377
    Jan 11, 2018
    14,968.20
    15,018.80
    13,105.90
    13,405.80
    16,534,099,968
    225,178,724,050
    Jan 10, 2018
    14,588.50
    14,973.30
    13,691.20
    14,973.30
    18,500,800,512
    251,472,635,522
    Jan 09, 2018
    15,123.70
    15,497.50
    14,424.00
    14,595.40
    16,659,999,744
    245,095,808,695
    Jan 08, 2018
    16,476.20
    16,537.90
    14,208.20
    15,170.10
    18,413,899,776
    254,715,263,101
    Jan 07, 2018
    17,527.30
    17,579.60
    16,087.70
    16,477.60
    15,866,000,384
    276,634,797,271
    Jan 06, 2018
    17,462.10
    17,712.40
    16,764.60
    17,527.00
    18,314,600,448
    294,217,423,675
    Jan 05, 2018
    15,477.20
    17,705.20
    15,202.80
    17,429.50
    23,840,899,072
    292,544,135,538
    Jan 04, 2018
    15,270.70
    15,739.70
    14,522.20
    15,599.20
    21,783,199,744
    261,795,321,110
    Jan 03, 2018
    14,978.20
    15,572.80
    14,844.50
    15,201.00
    16,871,900,160
    255,080,562,912
    Jan 02, 2018
    13,625.00
    15,444.60
    13,163.60
    14,982.10
    16,846,600,192
    251,377,913,955
    Jan 01, 2018
    14,112.20
    14,112.20
    13,154.70
    13,657.20
    10,291,200,000
    229,119,155,396
    Dec 31, 2017
    12,897.70
    14,377.40
    12,755.60
    14,156.40
    12,136,299,520
    237,465,823,980
    Dec 30, 2017
    14,681.90
    14,681.90
    12,350.10
    12,952.20
    14,452,599,808
    217,239,803,085
    Dec 29, 2017
    14,695.80
    15,279.00
    14,307.00
    14,656.20
    13,025,500,160
    245,793,634,125
    Dec 28, 2017
    15,864.10
    15,888.40
    13,937.30
    14,606.50
    12,336,499,712
    244,929,825,575
    Dec 27, 2017
    16,163.50
    16,930.90
    15,114.30
    15,838.50
    12,487,600,128
    265,559,172,050
    Dec 26, 2017
    14,036.60
    16,461.20
    14,028.90
    16,099.80
    13,454,300,160
    269,908,107,763
    Dec 25, 2017
    13,995.90
    14,593.00
    13,448.90
    14,026.60
    10,664,699,904
    235,126,843,805
    Dec 24, 2017
    14,608.20
    14,626.00
    12,747.70
    13,925.80
    11,572,299,776
    233,414,163,395
    Dec 23, 2017
    13,948.70
    15,603.20
    13,828.80
    14,699.20
    13,086,000,128
    246,349,213,910
    Dec 22, 2017
    15,898.00
    15,943.40
    11,833.00
    13,831.80
    22,197,999,616
    231,788,283,457
    Dec 21, 2017
    16,642.40
    17,567.70
    15,342.70
    15,802.90
    16,516,599,808
    264,788,651,530
    Dec 20, 2017
    17,760.30
    17,934.70
    16,077.70
    16,624.60
    22,149,699,584
    278,528,964,015
    Dec 19, 2017
    19,118.30
    19,177.80
    17,275.40
    17,776.70
    16,894,499,840
    297,801,055,828
    Dec 18, 2017
    19,106.40
    19,371.00
    18,355.90
    19,114.20
    14,839,499,776
    320,174,318,520
    Dec 17, 2017
    19,475.80
    20,089.00
    18,974.10
    19,140.80
    13,314,599,936
    320,576,568,850
    Dec 16, 2017
    17,760.30
    19,716.70
    17,515.30
    19,497.40
    12,740,599,808
    326,502,485,530
    Dec 15, 2017
    16,601.30
    18,154.10
    16,601.30
    17,706.90
    14,309,999,616
    296,482,120,238
    Dec 14, 2017
    16,384.60
    17,085.80
    16,185.90
    16,564.00
    13,777,399,808
    277,310,347,000
    Dec 13, 2017
    17,500.00
    17,653.10
    16,039.70
    16,408.20
    12,976,900,096
    274,663,619,978
    Dec 12, 2017
    16,919.80
    17,781.80
    16,571.60
    17,415.40
    14,603,799,552
    291,483,935,710
    Dec 11, 2017
    15,427.40
    17,513.90
    15,404.80
    16,936.80
    12,153,900,032
    283,439,888,520
    Dec 10, 2017
    15,168.40
    15,850.60
    13,226.60
    15,455.40
    13,433,299,968
    258,615,393,665
    Dec 09, 2017
    16,523.30
    16,783.00
    13,674.90
    15,178.20
    13,911,300,096
    253,946,084,745
    Dec 08, 2017
    17,802.90
    18,353.40
    14,336.90
    16,569.40
    21,135,998,976
    277,185,764,485
    Dec 07, 2017
    14,266.10
    17,899.70
    14,057.30
    17,899.70
    17,950,699,520
    299,405,364,249
    Dec 06, 2017
    11,923.40
    14,369.10
    11,923.40
    14,291.50
    12,656,300,032
    239,024,437,136
    Dec 05, 2017
    11,685.70
    12,032.00
    11,604.60
    11,916.70
    6,895,260,160
    199,278,350,420
    Dec 04, 2017
    11,315.40
    11,657.20
    11,081.80
    11,657.20
    6,132,409,856
    194,912,755,450
    Dec 03, 2017
    11,082.70
    11,858.70
    10,862.00
    11,323.20
    6,608,309,760
    189,302,389,920
    Dec 02, 2017
    10,978.30
    11,320.20
    10,905.10
    11,074.60
    5,138,500,096
    185,122,039,035
    Dec 01, 2017
    10,198.60
    11,046.70
    9,694.65
    10,975.60
    6,783,119,872
    183,444,663,767
    Nov 30, 2017
    9,906.79
    10,801.00
    9,202.05
    10,233.60
    8,310,689,792
    171,020,085,600
    Nov 29, 2017
    10,077.40
    11,517.40
    9,601.03
    9,888.61
    11,568,799,744
    165,233,728,795
    Nov 28, 2017
    9,823.43
    10,125.70
    9,736.30
    10,058.80
    6,348,819,968
    168,056,012,886
    Nov 27, 2017
    9,352.72
    9,818.35
    9,352.72
    9,818.35
    5,653,320,192
    164,019,464,090
    Nov 26, 2017
    8,789.04
    9,522.93
    8,775.59
    9,330.55
    5,475,579,904
    155,850,742,551
    Nov 25, 2017
    8,241.71
    8,790.92
    8,191.15
    8,790.92
    4,342,060,032
    146,820,557,006
    Nov 24, 2017
    8,074.02
    8,374.16
    7,940.93
    8,253.69
    5,058,610,176
    137,831,976,173
    Nov 23, 2017
    8,232.38
    8,267.40
    8,038.77
    8,038.77
    4,225,179,904
    134,227,860,479
    Nov 22, 2017
    8,077.95
    8,302.26
    8,075.47
    8,253.55
    3,633,530,112
    137,797,862,084
    Nov 21, 2017
    8,205.74
    8,348.66
    7,762.71
    8,071.26
    4,277,609,984
    134,739,693,480
    Nov 20, 2017
    8,039.07
    8,336.86
    7,949.36
    8,200.64
    3,488,450,048
    136,881,802,624
    Nov 19, 2017
    7,766.03
    8,101.91
    7,694.10
    8,036.49
    3,149,319,936
    134,124,196,206
    Nov 18, 2017
    7,697.21
    7,884.99
    7,463.44
    7,790.15
    3,667,190,016
    129,997,247,838
    Nov 17, 2017
    7,853.57
    8,004.59
    7,561.09
    7,708.99
    4,651,670,016
    128,621,507,062
    Nov 16, 2017
    7,323.24
    7,967.38
    7,176.58
    7,871.69
    5,123,809,792
    131,328,418,537
    Nov 15, 2017
    6,634.76
    7,342.25
    6,634.76
    7,315.54
    4,200,880,128
    122,035,826,506
    Nov 14, 2017
    6,561.48
    6,764.98
    6,461.75
    6,635.75
    3,197,110,016
    110,683,148,744
    Nov 13, 2017
    5,938.25
    6,811.19
    5,844.29
    6,559.49
    6,263,249,920
    109,400,650,105
    Nov 12, 2017
    6,295.45
    6,625.05
    5,519.01
    5,950.07
    8,957,349,888
    99,226,193,603
    Nov 11, 2017
    6,618.61
    6,873.15
    6,204.22
    6,357.60
    4,908,680,192
    106,016,076,151
    Nov 10, 2017
    7,173.73
    7,312.00
    6,436.87
    6,618.14
    5,208,249,856
    110,354,089,394
    Nov 09, 2017
    7,446.83
    7,446.83
    7,101.52
    7,143.58
    3,226,249,984
    119,104,730,750
    Nov 08, 2017
    7,141.38
    7,776.42
    7,114.02
    7,459.69
    4,602,200,064
    124,360,767,999
    Nov 07, 2017
    7,023.10
    7,253.32
    7,023.10
    7,144.38
    2,326,340,096
    119,091,456,315
    Nov 06, 2017
    7,403.22
    7,445.77
    7,007.31
    7,022.76
    3,111,899,904
    117,050,623,317
    Nov 05, 2017
    7,404.52
    7,617.48
    7,333.19
    7,407.41
    2,380,410,112
    123,449,206,170
    Nov 04, 2017
    7,164.48
    7,492.86
    7,031.28
    7,379.95
    2,483,800,064
    122,978,748,805
    Nov 03, 2017
    7,087.53
    7,461.29
    7,002.94
    7,207.76
    3,369,860,096
    120,097,405,359
    Nov 02, 2017
    6,777.77
    7,367.33
    6,758.72
    7,078.50
    4,653,770,240
    117,933,380,780
    Nov 01, 2017
    6,440.97
    6,767.31
    6,377.88
    6,767.31
    2,870,320,128
    112,735,345,036
    Oct 31, 2017
    6,132.02
    6,470.43
    6,103.33
    6,468.40
    2,311,379,968
    107,743,731,291
    Oct 30, 2017
    6,114.85
    6,214.99
    6,040.85
    6,130.53
    1,772,150,016
    102,105,356,519
    Oct 29, 2017
    5,754.44
    6,255.71
    5,724.58
    6,153.85
    2,859,040,000
    102,482,445,590
    Oct 28, 2017
    5,787.82
    5,876.72
    5,689.19
    5,753.09
    1,403,920,000
    95,797,359,518
    Oct 27, 2017
    5,899.74
    5,988.39
    5,728.82
    5,780.90
    1,710,130,048
    96,254,297,360
    Oct 26, 2017
    5,747.95
    5,976.80
    5,721.22
    5,904.83
    1,905,040,000
    98,310,176,011
    Oct 25, 2017
    5,524.60
    5,754.33
    5,397.88
    5,750.80
    1,966,989,952
    95,732,630,220
    Oct 24, 2017
    5,935.52
    5,935.52
    5,504.18
    5,526.64
    2,735,699,968
    91,988,225,800
    Oct 23, 2017
    6,006.00
    6,075.59
    5,732.47
    5,930.32
    2,401,840,128
    98,695,054,084
    Oct 22, 2017
    6,036.66
    6,076.26
    5,792.34
    6,008.42
    2,034,630,016
    99,981,911,326
    Oct 21, 2017
    5,996.79
    6,194.88
    5,965.07
    6,031.60
    2,207,099,904
    100,353,682,389
    Oct 20, 2017
    5,708.11
    6,060.11
    5,627.23
    6,011.45
    2,354,429,952
    100,007,083,345

About Bitcoin

What Is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a completely decentralized digital cryptocurrency. Unlike US dollars that you can hold in your hand (or in your bank account), there is no central authority or centralized payment system controlling Bitcoin. Instead, Bitcoin operates in a peer-to-peer network that allows anyone in the world to send and receive Bitcoin without any middleman (like a bank, central bank or payment processor).

Although there are thousands of cryptocurrencies ranked on CMC today, Bitcoin was the very first cryptocurrency ever created. On Oct. 31, 2008 a person (or group of people) under the pseudonym “Satoshi Nakamoto” published the now-world famous Bitcoin white paper.

The first line reads: “A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash, which would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution.”

The Bitcoin network then launched on Jan. 3, 2009, marking the start of the cryptocurrency revolution.

How Does Bitcoin Work?

Bitcoin is a purely decentralized digital currency, which makes it unlike any other asset that came before it.

Before the digital age, everyone transacted in physical forms of currencies, from livestock and salt, to silver and gold, and finally to banknotes. Only in recent times was money “digitized” — allowing bank accounts to exist online, as well as creating the many online payment processing platforms, such as PayPal and Square, that you often use today without thinking about it.

However, all of these “digital transactions” require a centralized system to operate. Your bank, or financial services like PayPal, needs to ensure that all of their users’ accounts are constantly updated and tallied correctly. These systems represent the centralized form of digital money.

Bitcoin revolutionized digital money by decentralizing this accounting process. Instead of a central figure that is responsible for making sure that their users’ transactions were always adding up, Bitcoin works by sharing the account balances and transactions of every user across the globe in a pseudonymous form. In simplest terms, this means that anyone can download and run the free and open-source software required to participate in the Bitcoin protocol.

As a Bitcoin user, all you need to know to send Bitcoin to someone else is their Bitcoin address (a series of letters and numbers, not their name or any personal information!). By sending your Bitcoin to an address, what you are doing is broadcasting your transaction (Hi, I’m Alice sending 1 BTC to Bob!) across the Bitcoin network using blockchain technology (more about that below). Since the Bitcoin network has the most up-to-date ledger tracking Alice’s wallet balance, the system checks her wallet balance (i.e., Alice has 2 BTC in her wallet, so a transaction of 1 BTC to Bob is valid), and then completes the transaction.

In summary, Bitcoin works by ensuring that this shared ledger always tallies up, and that new Bitcoin transactions (Bob sends 2 BTC back to Alice. Go Alice!) are validated, recorded and then added to the ledger in order. That is the heart of blockchain technology, where new “blocks of information” are added to the chain of blocks that already exist.

How Does Bitcoin Mining Work?

“Mining” refers to the act of adding new blocks to the blockchain. In simple terms, Bitcoin miners dedicate significant amounts of computing power to solve a cryptographic problem, which is basically a very complex puzzle. The successful miner that solves the puzzle before all the other miners gets rewarded with a “block reward,” which is an allocation of a predetermined number of Bitcoin. In some cases, the block rewards are awarded to mining pools, when miners group together to share resources.

Once the puzzle is solved, the block is “confirmed,” and it is added to the blockchain. This new information is sent to all nodes, aka participants in the Bitcoin protocol, and the shared ledger is updated once again.

As Bitcoin's price rises, the block reward becomes increasingly more attractive. This incentivizes more miners to join in the competition to mine for blocks. In return, the more miners there are in the system, the more secure the network is. In addition, the increased competition also means miners are continually investing in newer hardware to ensure their computing power remains relevant for the fight for block rewards.

What Is a Bitcoin Halving?

To ensure that the value of Bitcoin is not compromised by an infinite supply, Satoshi Nakamoto wrote in a “halving event” that happens every 210,000 blocks. When Bitcoin’s network first began, Bitcoin’s block reward was 50 BTC per block mined. This was halved in 2012, at block #210,000, where the block reward became 25 BTC. The second halving was in 2016, at block #420,000, and the block reward became 12.5 BTC.

This process will continue every 210,000 blocks, until the total supply of BTC (21 million BTC) has been reached. It is estimated that the final block reward will be paid in 2140! For more information on the Bitcoin halving, check out our Bitcoin Halving page and blog post!

How Can I Store my Bitcoin?

There are many different ways of storing your Bitcoin – here’s just a few:

  1. Keep it on a Bitcoin exchange

There are many Bitcoin different exchanges all over the world. All of these exchanges allow you to sell Bitcoin for other cryptocurrencies (altcoins) or government currencies (USD, EUR, GBP etc.) At the same time, these Bitcoin exchanges allow you to store your BTC with them, which means that the burden of keeping it safe is on them. Do note that incidents have occurred when exchanges have been hacked or lost their customers’ BTC, so do your own research when you’re looking for an exchange that’s safe to hold your cryptoassets. For the latest list of exchanges and trading pairs for this cryptocurrency, click on our market pairs tab.

  1. Keep it in a Bitcoin wallet

Instead of keeping it on a Bitcoin exchange, you could keep your Bitcoin in a Bitcoin wallet instead. Wallets come in two forms — hot and cold. Hot wallets are software that stays connected to the internet, aka storing your Bitcoin online. It is more convenient to transact via a hot wallet, but they logically are more susceptible to being attacked, as they stay connected to the internet.

Cold wallets are wallets that are not “online.” They are less prone to attack, as hackers cannot access this type of cold storage via the internet, but they are also a lot less convenient for the user as they may be cost-prohibitive and require more technical understanding to operate. Examples of cold wallets are hardware wallets and paper wallets.

Bitcoin Statistics

Bitcoin Price$9,113.23 USD
Bitcoin ROI
6,635.00%
Market Rank#1
Market Cap$167,895,844,577 USD
24 Hour Volume$12,310,855,448 USD
Circulating Supply18,423,300 BTC
Total Supply18,423,300 BTC
Max Supply21,000,000 BTC
All Time High
$20,089.00 USD
(Dec 17, 2017)
All Time Low
$65.53 USD
(Jul 05, 2013)
52 Week High / Low
$13,129.53 USD /
$4,106.98 USD
90 Day High / Low
$10,199.56 USD /
$6,555.50 USD
30 Day High / Low
$9,938.30 USD /
$8,975.53 USD
7 Day High / Low
$9,309.75 USD /
$8,975.53 USD
24 Hour High / Low
$9,183.30 USD /
$9,053.63 USD
Yesterday's High / Low
$9,202.34 USD /
$9,058.79 USD
Yesterday's Open / Close
$9,124.84 USD /
$9,087.30 USD
Yesterday's Change$-37.54 USD (-0.41%)
Yesterday's Volume$13,078,970,999 USD
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