The Bitcoin (BTC) cryptocurrency reached an another milestone on Friday, April 1, 2022, after records show that 19 millionth bitcoin have been mined, leaving less than $2 million Bitcoin remaining for miners to put in circulation.
When Satoshi Nakamoto created the Bitcoin network, the inventor set the maximum supply to 21 million Bitcoin, and research shows that the number is a less than 21 million.
According to the Bitcoin dashboard at clarkmoody.com, moment occurred at block height 730,034, at block height the total amount of bitcoin in existence was 19,000,004.68 BTC at 7:05 p.m and the data shows that only 1,999,212.48 BTC left to find.
Whenever a block is found by a miner, the coin issuance increases by 6.25 bitcoins per block found. A block is discovered roughly every 10 minutes and the next block reward halving is expected to occur on or around May 3rd, 2024, block rewards will stop issuing fresh bitcoin by the year 2140, and the miner-reward system will be based entirely on transaction fees.
At the time of writing, the Bitcoin network’s inflation rate per annum is 1.74% and after each halving, the inflation rate will go down.
As per the data, 19 million Bitcoin are in circulation but the real number is less than that, this is due to the fact that there’s an unknown number of unobtainable or lost coins that will never be spent.
Satoshi Nakamoto the inventor said that unobtainable bitcoins will make the crypto asset scarcer and therefore more valuable. “Lost coins only make everyone else’s coins worth slightly more. Think of it as a donation to everyone,” Nakamoto said.
At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading at $46,310, 0.02% down in the last 24 hours and the trading volume is also down by 27% in the last 24 hours according to the CoinMarketCap.