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Bitcoin is the first cryptographic currency, and thus a pioneer that has changed the market forever. It is the most trusted and popular coin of this type with the largest market capitalization. It is often called a digital gold, as well as the currency of the future.

Bitcoin was not the first digital currency proposal, but the first cryptocurrency based on the P2P (Peer-to-Peer) system, which achieved market success. Block Zero, the first block in the BTC chain was created on January 3, 2009, giving origin to the Bitcoin network. The source code was made available 6 days later by the creator or team of currency makers under the pseudonym "Satoshi Nakamoto". The first Bitcoin exchange was established on October 2009 - you could buy then a 1309.02 BTC for 1 USD.

The huge breakthrough moment was the first exchange of digital currency on the exchange. On October 12, 2009, USD/BTC transactions were made and 5,050 Bitcoins were purchased for 5 dollars and 2 cents. The first rationalization of cryptocurrencies, although symbolic, revolutionized the perception of BTC in the eyes of numerous investors. Another next milestone in the history of digital currencies is the purchase of the first material property. May 22, 2010 is commonly called the "Bitcoin Day of Pizza" or the worst investment in the history of cryptocurrencies. The transaction took place in the city of Jacksonville, Florida. Two pizzas with a total value of approx. 25 USD were purchased for 10,000 Bitcoins.

With the release of version 0.3 of the Bitcoin client, information about the digital currency spread over the network. Published on a popular technology portal, the article presented the project to a wider audience, thanks to which the BTC/USD exchange rate increased by 900% within 5 days, reaching the price of 8 cents. The rapid increase in price of Bitcoin encouraged more investors and initiated the annual boom period on the market. Half a year later, on February 9, 2011, the value of Bitcoin reaches the price of one dollar. It reached the highest rate on June of the same year - the article published on the Gawker portal proved to be a hit, conquering the Bitcoin network a significant group of investors and raising the BTC price to 31 USD during the week.

On January 2012, Bitcoin hit television screens for the first time. The "Bitcoin for Dummies" episode was watched by about 9.45 million recipients, but it did not cause a sudden increase in prices - the Bitcoin rate grew gradually after the first drop of rate, described ironically as the first "bubble". The growing popularity of the digital currency meant that on November of the same year Wordpress decided to accept payments with BTC. The introduction of payments in universal, independent to banks or other institutions currency by one of the 25 most popular domains in the network has pushed the way for later payments with Bitcoins.

China turned out to be the big player on the cryptocurrency market. On November 2013, the deputy head of the People's Bank of China in the economic forum spoke favorably about the Bitcoin market, which caused a huge increase of interest in currency. During the month, the price of Bitcoin increased over 8 times. The BTC exchange rate exceeded 1000 USD, reaching a peak value of 1242 USD on November 29, 2013. Just two weeks later, the People's Bank of China announced that Bitcoin is not a currency. Digital restrictions were imposed on the digital currency stating that no financial institution can trade Bitcoin or offer other services associated with it. This had a huge impact on the BTC value and its prices around the world fell sharply.

On March 6, 2014, an article was published by the investigative journalist Lei McGrath Goodman, entitled "The Face Behind Bitcoin". The text appeared in Newsweek, full of understatements and speculations, but it attracted the attention of readers and media around the world to the digital currency market. Interestingly, Bitcoin fans collected as a result of the publication of approximately 23,000 USD for the person depicted in the article as the creator of Bitcoin - an unemployed engineer from California, Dorian Nakamoto.

Bitcoin fluctuated in price, not exceeding the threshold of a thousand dollars for about three years. Numerous factors influenced this, such as the infamous blog entry of Mike Hearn, a former Google developer associated with the digital currency environment. In the note he called Bitcoin as the "failed experiment" and announced that he had sold all his resources. Within 24 hours of the publication of Hearna's post, the BTC price fell by 50 dollars.

On November 2016, after one of the most controversial elections of modern times, Donald Trump was elected president of the United States of America. This caused a significant decrease in the value of FIAT currencies. To avoid losses, "traditional" investors began to look for alternative ways to locate their funds. Within 24 hours, the price of gold and the Bitcoin rate jumped significantly, bringing the BTC/USD ratio up to 800 USD.

On January 2017, Bitcoin's price exceeded 1,000 USD for the first time in three years. Since then, BTC quotes showed dynamic growth. On November, it exceeded 7,900 dollars. This was connected with Japan's acceptance of Bitcoin as a legal payment method and a hard fork of Bitcoin for Bitcoin Cash on August 2017. Anyone who had Bitcoin before the split of Bitcoin on his account got the same amount of Bitcoin Cash. This aroused interest of investors due to the potential for doubling profits.

On October 2017 another hard fork occurred, resulting in Bitcoin Gold. In the period November-December 2017 mainstream media became interested in the subject of digital currencies, reaching investors, whose BTC exchange has adopted with open arms. The cryptocurrency market recorded unprecedented increases - at a record time, the price per one BTC was around 20,000 USD.

On January 2018, the market value of Bitcoin amounted to 234,139,132,389 USD.

Initial release2009
FounderSatoshi Nakamoto
Total amount of coins21 milion

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