Bitcoin Halving: Another Revolution in Bitcoin!

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The much-anticipated Bitcoin halving event is almost here, marking another significant occasion in the cryptocurrency sphere.

What exactly is a halving? It’s the process where the reward for mining new bitcoins is halved, decreasing by 50%. This reduction impacts miners who employ a complex, energy-consuming process to unlock new tokens on the blockchain.

Occurring every four years just like the Olympics, the halving aims to slow the rate at which new bitcoins are introduced into the market, capping the total supply at 21 million. This artificial scarcity is designed to preserve Bitcoin’s value.

Approximately every four years, the blockchain network adds 210,000 blocks, a benchmark set by its creators to systematically decrease the rate of cryptocurrency issuance. By March 2024, roughly 19.65 million bitcoins were in circulation, leaving only about 1.35 million yet to be mined.

The first halving took place in November 2012, reducing the reward from 50 to 25 bitcoins per block. Subsequent halvings in July 2016 and May 2020 further reduced it to 12.5 and then 6.25 bitcoins, respectively. The next halving will decrease the reward to 3.125 bitcoins per block, marking a pivotal moment that could drastically alter the mining landscape, affect profitability, and spur advances in mining technology.

Bitcoin's most explosive gains are typically post-halving

Source: Glassnode as of 4/10/2024. .A Terahash represents 1 trillion hashes per second. A Exahash represents 1 quintillion hashes per second. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results (Source)

Bitcoin’s halving underscores its limited, decentralized nature and reinforces its appeal as a secure investment, further shaping its role in the modern financial arena. Therefore, to be ahead of this event, why not go to a HoneyBadger Kiosk to make a purchase for this glorious event! 


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