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Cryptocurrencies:  5,705Markets:  22,769Market Cap:  $272,141,708,92924h Vol:  $67,261,172,056BTC Dominance:  62.8%
Market Cap:  $272,141,708,92924h Vol:  $67,261,172,056BTC Dominance:  62.8%Cryptocurrencies:  5,705Markets:  22,769

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  • Market Cap
    $170,996,200,625 USD
    18,429,860 BTC
  • Volume (24h)
    $16,795,426,915 USD
    1,810,200 BTC
  • Circulating Supply
    18,426,662 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
    Jun 18, 2019
    9,335.47
    9,348.37
    9,004.90
    9,081.76
    15,848,210,536
    161,353,637,186
    Jun 17, 2019
    8,988.92
    9,416.41
    8,988.92
    9,320.35
    15,562,951,919
    165,573,372,261
    Jun 16, 2019
    8,841.44
    9,335.87
    8,814.56
    8,994.49
    23,348,550,311
    159,769,423,370
    Jun 15, 2019
    8,689.75
    8,859.13
    8,618.40
    8,838.38
    18,371,033,226
    156,982,138,835
    Jun 14, 2019
    8,230.90
    8,710.64
    8,183.39
    8,693.83
    19,831,162,906
    154,398,880,249
    Jun 13, 2019
    8,145.55
    8,311.57
    8,087.06
    8,230.92
    18,669,407,147
    146,160,317,148
    Jun 12, 2019
    7,925.43
    8,196.65
    7,862.36
    8,145.86
    19,034,432,883
    144,634,684,711
    Jun 11, 2019
    8,004.24
    8,026.39
    7,772.80
    7,927.71
    17,107,279,932
    140,748,537,530
    Jun 10, 2019
    7,692.28
    8,031.91
    7,586.73
    8,000.33
    18,689,275,117
    142,023,351,079
    Jun 09, 2019
    7,949.67
    7,975.97
    7,583.22
    7,688.08
    16,610,726,547
    136,465,098,533
    Jun 08, 2019
    8,036.77
    8,076.89
    7,837.61
    7,954.13
    16,522,722,810
    141,172,841,635
    Jun 07, 2019
    7,826.90
    8,126.15
    7,788.37
    8,043.95
    19,141,423,231
    142,754,693,588
    Jun 06, 2019
    7,819.63
    7,937.34
    7,571.47
    7,822.02
    19,474,611,077
    138,800,725,479
    Jun 05, 2019
    7,704.34
    7,901.85
    7,668.67
    7,824.23
    21,760,923,463
    138,824,651,666
    Jun 04, 2019
    8,210.99
    8,210.99
    7,564.49
    7,707.77
    24,609,731,549
    136,742,790,469
    Jun 03, 2019
    8,741.75
    8,743.50
    8,204.19
    8,208.99
    22,004,511,436
    145,619,047,341
    Jun 02, 2019
    8,565.47
    8,809.30
    8,561.24
    8,742.96
    20,266,216,022
    155,077,231,351
    Jun 01, 2019
    8,573.84
    8,625.60
    8,481.58
    8,564.02
    22,488,303,544
    151,890,214,310
    May 31, 2019
    8,320.29
    8,586.66
    8,172.55
    8,574.50
    25,365,190,957
    152,059,886,414
    May 30, 2019
    8,661.76
    9,008.31
    8,221.27
    8,319.47
    29,246,528,551
    147,525,141,134
    May 29, 2019
    8,718.59
    8,755.85
    8,482.73
    8,659.49
    23,473,479,966
    153,537,047,655
    May 28, 2019
    8,802.76
    8,807.02
    8,634.72
    8,719.96
    24,226,919,267
    154,590,202,287
    May 27, 2019
    8,674.07
    8,907.17
    8,668.70
    8,805.78
    27,949,839,564
    156,093,754,762
    May 26, 2019
    8,055.21
    8,687.52
    7,924.67
    8,673.22
    26,677,970,091
    153,725,486,067
    May 25, 2019
    7,991.89
    8,117.93
    7,965.98
    8,052.54
    22,256,813,107
    142,708,188,838
    May 24, 2019
    7,881.70
    8,140.72
    7,824.45
    7,987.37
    25,919,126,991
    141,539,115,575
    May 23, 2019
    7,677.27
    7,943.79
    7,533.20
    7,881.85
    24,457,107,820
    139,654,107,035
    May 22, 2019
    7,956.29
    7,997.61
    7,615.99
    7,680.07
    24,719,473,175
    136,063,898,960
    May 21, 2019
    7,977.97
    8,062.17
    7,843.34
    7,963.33
    25,127,245,056
    141,065,573,610
    May 20, 2019
    8,196.92
    8,200.97
    7,678.78
    7,978.31
    23,843,404,340
    141,315,695,728
    May 19, 2019
    7,267.96
    8,261.94
    7,267.96
    8,197.69
    25,902,422,040
    145,185,076,705
    May 18, 2019
    7,341.66
    7,447.27
    7,251.50
    7,271.21
    21,354,286,562
    128,761,727,083
    May 17, 2019
    7,886.93
    7,929.15
    7,038.12
    7,343.90
    30,066,644,905
    130,034,777,633
    May 16, 2019
    8,194.50
    8,320.82
    7,729.61
    7,884.91
    33,167,197,581
    139,599,559,278
    May 15, 2019
    7,989.37
    8,216.42
    7,899.11
    8,205.17
    28,344,112,920
    145,254,332,460
    May 14, 2019
    7,807.88
    8,268.71
    7,696.39
    7,994.42
    32,031,452,227
    141,508,656,735
    May 13, 2019
    6,971.18
    8,047.41
    6,898.28
    7,814.92
    28,677,672,181
    138,316,573,807
    May 12, 2019
    7,203.51
    7,503.87
    6,815.77
    6,972.37
    27,773,333,680
    123,389,710,222
    May 11, 2019
    6,379.67
    7,333.00
    6,375.70
    7,204.77
    28,867,562,329
    127,488,435,181
    May 10, 2019
    6,175.82
    6,434.62
    6,161.52
    6,378.85
    19,419,875,368
    112,863,284,035
    May 09, 2019
    5,982.32
    6,183.04
    5,982.32
    6,174.53
    16,784,645,411
    109,238,600,750
    May 08, 2019
    5,849.48
    5,989.98
    5,794.72
    5,982.46
    15,320,605,300
    105,829,143,585
    May 07, 2019
    5,745.60
    5,988.18
    5,741.40
    5,829.50
    18,026,409,033
    103,112,368,557
    May 06, 2019
    5,791.69
    5,802.96
    5,653.69
    5,746.81
    15,737,171,804
    101,640,471,056
    May 05, 2019
    5,831.07
    5,833.86
    5,708.04
    5,795.71
    14,808,830,723
    102,494,420,158
    May 04, 2019
    5,769.20
    5,886.89
    5,645.47
    5,831.17
    17,567,780,766
    103,112,021,259
    May 03, 2019
    5,505.55
    5,865.88
    5,490.20
    5,768.29
    18,720,780,006
    101,986,240,859
    May 02, 2019
    5,402.42
    5,522.26
    5,394.22
    5,505.28
    14,644,460,907
    97,330,112,147
    May 01, 2019
    5,350.91
    5,418.00
    5,347.65
    5,402.70
    13,679,528,236
    95,501,110,091
    Apr 30, 2019
    5,247.73
    5,363.26
    5,224.19
    5,350.73
    13,878,964,574
    94,573,826,827
    Apr 29, 2019
    5,284.86
    5,311.27
    5,216.49
    5,247.35
    13,735,490,672
    92,737,510,865
    Apr 28, 2019
    5,271.75
    5,326.23
    5,255.68
    5,285.14
    12,819,992,056
    93,391,244,395
    Apr 27, 2019
    5,279.47
    5,310.75
    5,233.64
    5,268.29
    13,111,274,675
    93,086,156,556
    Apr 26, 2019
    5,210.30
    5,383.63
    5,177.37
    5,279.35
    16,812,108,040
    93,272,287,960
    Apr 25, 2019
    5,466.52
    5,542.24
    5,181.34
    5,210.52
    15,330,283,408
    92,046,492,864
    Apr 24, 2019
    5,571.51
    5,642.04
    5,418.26
    5,464.87
    17,048,033,399
    96,530,038,144
    Apr 23, 2019
    5,399.37
    5,633.80
    5,389.41
    5,572.36
    15,867,308,108
    98,417,387,004
    Apr 22, 2019
    5,312.49
    5,422.69
    5,280.28
    5,399.37
    14,601,631,648
    95,354,207,776
    Apr 21, 2019
    5,335.88
    5,359.93
    5,257.34
    5,314.53
    13,731,844,223
    93,847,052,256
    Apr 20, 2019
    5,304.16
    5,358.49
    5,295.88
    5,337.89
    13,169,647,522
    94,248,717,444
    Apr 19, 2019
    5,298.15
    5,336.68
    5,233.34
    5,303.81
    13,780,238,655
    93,638,345,002
    Apr 18, 2019
    5,251.48
    5,319.99
    5,250.51
    5,298.39
    13,256,489,918
    93,532,402,741
    Apr 17, 2019
    5,236.14
    5,274.28
    5,219.21
    5,251.94
    12,438,480,677
    92,702,617,458
    Apr 16, 2019
    5,066.58
    5,238.95
    5,055.19
    5,235.56
    11,618,660,197
    92,404,613,297
    Apr 15, 2019
    5,167.32
    5,196.61
    5,024.07
    5,067.11
    12,290,155,061
    89,422,237,603
    Apr 14, 2019
    5,095.76
    5,184.02
    5,053.57
    5,167.72
    10,391,952,498
    91,188,595,341
    Apr 13, 2019
    5,088.85
    5,127.12
    5,061.59
    5,096.59
    10,823,289,598
    89,925,574,875
    Apr 12, 2019
    5,061.20
    5,103.27
    4,955.85
    5,089.54
    13,675,206,312
    89,792,633,045
    Apr 11, 2019
    5,325.08
    5,354.23
    5,017.30
    5,064.49
    16,555,616,019
    89,341,168,457
    Apr 10, 2019
    5,204.11
    5,421.65
    5,193.38
    5,324.55
    15,504,590,933
    93,918,439,274
    Apr 09, 2019
    5,289.92
    5,289.92
    5,167.42
    5,204.96
    14,722,104,361
    91,799,330,425
    Apr 08, 2019
    5,199.84
    5,318.84
    5,148.21
    5,289.77
    17,154,113,634
    93,286,365,973
    Apr 07, 2019
    5,062.79
    5,235.19
    5,050.41
    5,198.90
    16,655,416,140
    91,674,230,186
    Apr 06, 2019
    5,036.79
    5,205.82
    4,992.22
    5,059.82
    16,929,795,194
    89,212,733,450
    Apr 05, 2019
    4,922.81
    5,053.51
    4,919.49
    5,036.68
    16,837,325,387
    88,796,118,650
    Apr 04, 2019
    4,971.31
    5,063.16
    4,836.79
    4,922.80
    18,251,810,240
    86,778,727,821
    Apr 03, 2019
    4,879.96
    5,307.00
    4,876.62
    4,973.02
    22,899,891,582
    87,655,288,145
    Apr 02, 2019
    4,156.92
    4,905.95
    4,155.32
    4,879.88
    21,315,047,816
    85,986,009,273
    Apr 01, 2019
    4,105.36
    4,164.95
    4,096.90
    4,158.18
    10,157,794,171
    73,269,368,747
    Mar 31, 2019
    4,105.46
    4,113.02
    4,094.10
    4,105.40
    9,045,122,443
    72,339,379,036
    Mar 30, 2019
    4,092.14
    4,296.81
    4,053.91
    4,106.66
    9,732,688,060
    72,355,190,645
    Mar 29, 2019
    4,068.30
    4,113.50
    4,034.10
    4,098.37
    10,918,665,557
    72,202,088,875
    Mar 28, 2019
    4,087.58
    4,094.90
    4,040.27
    4,069.11
    9,353,915,899
    71,678,998,915
    Mar 27, 2019
    3,984.24
    4,087.07
    3,977.81
    4,087.07
    10,897,131,934
    71,987,847,571
    Mar 26, 2019
    3,969.23
    3,985.08
    3,944.75
    3,985.08
    10,707,678,815
    70,184,147,203
    Mar 25, 2019
    4,024.11
    4,038.84
    3,934.03
    3,963.07
    10,359,818,883
    69,789,872,373
    Mar 24, 2019
    4,035.16
    4,040.70
    4,006.19
    4,022.17
    9,144,851,065
    70,823,042,992
    Mar 23, 2019
    4,022.71
    4,049.88
    4,015.96
    4,035.83
    9,578,850,549
    71,056,017,910
    Mar 22, 2019
    4,028.51
    4,053.91
    4,021.54
    4,023.97
    9,252,935,969
    70,840,048,102
    Mar 21, 2019
    4,083.95
    4,097.36
    4,005.15
    4,029.33
    10,831,212,662
    70,926,226,882
    Mar 20, 2019
    4,070.79
    4,089.46
    4,031.11
    4,087.48
    10,175,916,388
    71,942,444,088
    Mar 19, 2019
    4,032.69
    4,082.22
    4,023.81
    4,071.19
    9,344,919,956
    71,647,703,828
    Mar 18, 2019
    4,029.97
    4,071.56
    4,009.12
    4,032.51
    9,646,954,186
    70,958,165,407
    Mar 17, 2019
    4,047.72
    4,054.12
    4,006.41
    4,025.23
    8,221,625,400
    70,821,939,585

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$9,279.83 USD
Bitcoin ROI
6,754.61%
Market Rank#1
Market Cap$170,996,200,625 USD
24 Hour Volume$16,795,426,915 USD
Circulating Supply18,426,662 BTC
Total Supply18,426,662 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
$9,375.47 USD /
$8,977.02 USD
24 Hour High / Low
$9,323.82 USD /
$9,201.82 USD
Yesterday's High / Low
$9,360.62 USD /
$9,201.82 USD
Yesterday's Open / Close
$9,349.16 USD /
$9,252.28 USD
Yesterday's Change$-96.88 USD (-1.04%)
Yesterday's Volume$13,839,652,595 USD
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