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Cryptocurrencies:  5,536Markets:  22,480Market Cap:  $269,035,186,19624h Vol:  $144,592,302,895BTC Dominance:  65.0%
Market Cap:  $269,035,186,19624h Vol:  $144,592,302,895BTC Dominance:  65.0%Cryptocurrencies:  5,536Markets:  22,480

Bitcoin (BTC)

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  • Market Cap
    $175,058,135,812 USD
    18,392,425 BTC
  • Volume (24h)
    $44,896,133,041 USD
    4,716,997 BTC
  • Circulating Supply
    18,392,425 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
    May 15, 2020
    9,734.29
    9,755.83
    9,261.40
    9,328.20
    48,158,802,327
    171,436,341,789
    May 14, 2020
    9,271.33
    9,793.27
    9,255.03
    9,733.72
    56,426,907,637
    178,881,641,547
    May 13, 2020
    8,805.39
    9,317.88
    8,805.39
    9,269.99
    45,558,144,023
    170,352,710,071
    May 12, 2020
    8,610.39
    8,949.90
    8,569.64
    8,804.48
    42,142,717,533
    161,791,577,301
    May 11, 2020
    8,755.54
    9,033.47
    8,374.32
    8,601.80
    57,119,858,802
    158,059,235,276
    May 10, 2020
    9,591.17
    9,595.58
    8,395.11
    8,756.43
    63,325,279,337
    160,884,755,211
    May 09, 2020
    9,840.91
    9,913.86
    9,580.64
    9,593.90
    46,566,121,841
    176,251,395,673
    May 08, 2020
    9,936.16
    9,996.74
    9,767.17
    9,842.67
    51,780,748,042
    180,804,859,844
    May 07, 2020
    9,261.90
    9,992.66
    9,138.32
    9,951.52
    61,112,700,562
    182,787,376,637
    May 06, 2020
    9,007.44
    9,411.47
    8,966.71
    9,268.76
    49,371,886,931
    170,229,620,935
    May 05, 2020
    8,912.83
    9,062.41
    8,856.83
    9,003.07
    43,148,462,663
    165,332,488,792
    May 04, 2020
    8,895.74
    8,956.91
    8,645.02
    8,912.65
    45,718,796,276
    163,654,493,632
    May 03, 2020
    8,983.61
    9,167.78
    8,830.97
    8,897.47
    47,101,785,174
    163,358,189,151
    May 02, 2020
    8,869.06
    9,007.19
    8,811.37
    8,988.60
    40,134,388,683
    165,012,307,600
    May 01, 2020
    8,672.78
    9,048.02
    8,667.76
    8,864.77
    44,068,389,997
    162,722,652,380
    Apr 30, 2020
    8,797.67
    9,440.65
    8,533.26
    8,658.55
    66,964,629,541
    158,922,133,909
    Apr 29, 2020
    7,806.71
    8,871.75
    7,786.05
    8,801.04
    60,201,052,203
    161,522,471,385
    Apr 28, 2020
    7,796.97
    7,814.53
    7,730.81
    7,807.06
    33,187,959,921
    143,266,252,261
    Apr 27, 2020
    7,679.42
    7,795.60
    7,679.42
    7,795.60
    36,162,144,725
    143,040,988,590
    Apr 26, 2020
    7,570.14
    7,700.59
    7,561.41
    7,679.87
    33,070,154,491
    140,903,867,573
    Apr 25, 2020
    7,550.48
    7,641.36
    7,521.67
    7,569.94
    32,941,541,447
    138,874,072,264
    Apr 24, 2020
    7,434.18
    7,574.20
    7,434.18
    7,550.90
    34,636,526,286
    138,512,029,491
    Apr 23, 2020
    7,121.31
    7,491.78
    7,081.59
    7,429.72
    43,500,782,316
    136,275,638,031
    Apr 22, 2020
    6,879.44
    7,145.87
    6,867.78
    7,117.21
    33,249,153,866
    130,530,916,077
    Apr 21, 2020
    6,879.78
    6,934.55
    6,834.44
    6,880.32
    32,589,741,511
    126,175,238,603
    Apr 20, 2020
    7,186.87
    7,240.29
    6,835.50
    6,881.96
    37,747,113,936
    126,192,239,912
    Apr 19, 2020
    7,260.92
    7,280.52
    7,167.05
    7,189.42
    31,311,210,215
    131,815,853,850
    Apr 18, 2020
    7,092.29
    7,269.96
    7,089.25
    7,257.66
    32,447,188,386
    133,053,136,876
    Apr 17, 2020
    7,116.55
    7,167.18
    7,050.33
    7,096.18
    32,513,423,567
    130,078,472,088
    Apr 16, 2020
    6,640.45
    7,134.45
    6,555.50
    7,116.80
    46,783,242,377
    130,445,413,270
    Apr 15, 2020
    6,845.56
    6,928.66
    6,633.40
    6,642.11
    32,288,311,031
    121,731,940,639
    Apr 14, 2020
    6,843.28
    6,958.56
    6,793.82
    6,842.43
    34,110,434,052
    125,388,687,977
    Apr 13, 2020
    6,965.62
    6,965.62
    6,668.26
    6,845.04
    38,619,308,647
    125,422,221,237
    Apr 12, 2020
    6,858.07
    7,119.95
    6,811.08
    6,971.09
    35,759,567,632
    127,716,846,208
    Apr 11, 2020
    6,867.44
    6,926.07
    6,789.92
    6,859.08
    31,222,085,946
    125,651,623,116
    Apr 10, 2020
    7,303.82
    7,303.82
    6,802.47
    6,865.49
    43,622,840,992
    125,755,496,117
    Apr 09, 2020
    7,337.97
    7,341.45
    7,179.09
    7,302.09
    34,815,139,178
    133,737,857,010
    Apr 08, 2020
    7,179.28
    7,356.22
    7,153.31
    7,334.10
    37,563,249,549
    134,309,895,036
    Apr 07, 2020
    7,273.64
    7,427.94
    7,136.71
    7,176.41
    44,243,482,668
    131,409,299,432
    Apr 06, 2020
    6,788.05
    7,271.78
    6,782.89
    7,271.78
    46,896,904,615
    133,140,400,948
    Apr 05, 2020
    6,862.54
    6,883.41
    6,715.93
    6,791.13
    29,510,409,856
    124,328,853,512
    Apr 04, 2020
    6,738.38
    6,878.95
    6,696.48
    6,867.53
    33,185,988,584
    125,712,834,530
    Apr 03, 2020
    6,797.40
    7,003.22
    6,673.34
    6,733.39
    38,976,504,903
    123,244,051,100
    Apr 02, 2020
    6,606.78
    7,088.25
    6,595.92
    6,793.62
    47,660,646,124
    124,335,130,640
    Apr 01, 2020
    6,437.32
    6,612.57
    6,202.37
    6,606.78
    40,346,426,266
    120,903,014,693
    Mar 31, 2020
    6,430.61
    6,504.52
    6,374.16
    6,438.64
    32,786,468,812
    117,814,077,267
    Mar 30, 2020
    5,925.54
    6,517.20
    5,903.23
    6,429.84
    37,101,651,525
    117,640,143,688
    Mar 29, 2020
    6,245.62
    6,250.47
    5,920.09
    5,922.04
    28,373,690,931
    108,338,520,156
    Mar 28, 2020
    6,467.25
    6,467.50
    6,117.84
    6,242.19
    34,885,225,901
    114,183,689,641
    Mar 27, 2020
    6,719.39
    6,793.84
    6,466.70
    6,469.80
    34,585,598,367
    118,336,082,172
    Mar 26, 2020
    6,675.17
    6,735.46
    6,590.96
    6,716.44
    35,319,797,642
    122,834,375,216
    Mar 25, 2020
    6,738.72
    6,892.51
    6,536.93
    6,681.06
    44,590,107,888
    122,174,009,143
    Mar 24, 2020
    6,436.64
    6,789.02
    6,411.07
    6,734.80
    48,221,910,672
    123,148,917,787
    Mar 23, 2020
    5,831.37
    6,443.93
    5,785.00
    6,416.31
    46,491,916,000
    117,314,776,187
    Mar 22, 2020
    6,185.56
    6,359.70
    5,823.71
    5,830.25
    40,099,664,740
    106,591,196,069
    Mar 21, 2020
    6,206.52
    6,378.14
    5,932.82
    6,185.07
    42,494,390,880
    113,068,192,795
    Mar 20, 2020
    6,191.65
    6,844.26
    5,865.78
    6,198.78
    54,442,976,103
    113,309,245,860
    Mar 19, 2020
    5,245.42
    6,329.74
    5,236.97
    6,191.19
    51,000,731,797
    113,162,079,956
    Mar 18, 2020
    5,227.11
    5,331.83
    5,069.34
    5,238.44
    37,878,801,016
    95,740,715,529
    Mar 17, 2020
    5,002.58
    5,371.35
    4,981.91
    5,225.63
    38,622,642,935
    95,499,941,183
    Mar 16, 2020
    5,385.23
    5,385.23
    4,575.36
    5,014.48
    45,368,026,430
    91,633,478,850
    Mar 15, 2020
    5,201.07
    5,836.65
    5,169.28
    5,392.31
    33,997,889,639
    98,530,059,890
    Mar 14, 2020
    5,573.08
    5,625.23
    5,125.07
    5,200.37
    36,154,506,008
    95,014,981,944
    Mar 13, 2020
    5,017.83
    5,838.11
    4,106.98
    5,563.71
    74,156,772,075
    101,644,613,038
    Mar 12, 2020
    7,913.62
    7,929.12
    4,860.35
    4,970.79
    53,980,357,243
    90,804,613,601
    Mar 11, 2020
    7,910.09
    7,950.81
    7,642.81
    7,911.43
    38,682,762,605
    144,508,402,671
    Mar 10, 2020
    7,922.15
    8,136.95
    7,814.76
    7,909.73
    42,213,940,994
    144,465,567,734
    Mar 09, 2020
    8,111.15
    8,177.79
    7,690.10
    7,923.64
    46,936,995,808
    144,706,353,758
    Mar 08, 2020
    8,908.21
    8,914.34
    8,105.25
    8,108.12
    39,973,102,121
    148,060,284,561
    Mar 07, 2020
    9,121.60
    9,163.22
    8,890.74
    8,909.95
    36,216,930,370
    162,684,945,903
    Mar 06, 2020
    9,078.31
    9,167.70
    9,032.08
    9,122.55
    40,826,885,651
    166,548,261,960
    Mar 05, 2020
    8,760.29
    9,142.05
    8,757.25
    9,078.76
    39,698,054,597
    165,731,679,918
    Mar 04, 2020
    8,788.54
    8,843.37
    8,712.43
    8,755.25
    34,746,706,368
    159,807,857,328
    Mar 03, 2020
    8,865.39
    8,901.60
    8,704.99
    8,787.79
    42,386,715,821
    160,383,579,416
    Mar 02, 2020
    8,563.26
    8,921.31
    8,532.63
    8,869.67
    42,857,674,409
    161,861,167,745
    Mar 01, 2020
    8,599.76
    8,726.80
    8,471.21
    8,562.45
    35,349,164,300
    156,238,987,740

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$9,517.95 USD
Bitcoin ROI
6,934.70%
Market Rank#1
Market Cap$175,058,135,812 USD
24 Hour Volume$44,896,133,041 USD
Circulating Supply18,392,425 BTC
Total Supply18,392,425 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
$13,796.49 USD /
$4,106.98 USD
90 Day High / Low
$10,199.56 USD /
$4,106.98 USD
30 Day High / Low
$10,199.56 USD /
$8,374.32 USD
7 Day High / Low
$10,199.56 USD /
$8,804.89 USD
24 Hour High / Low
$10,199.56 USD /
$9,460.57 USD
Yesterday's High / Low
$10,199.56 USD /
$9,450.90 USD
Yesterday's Open / Close
$9,463.61 USD /
$10,167.27 USD
Yesterday's Change$703.66 USD (7.44%)
Yesterday's Volume$35,198,901,068 USD
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