9 Interesting Bitcoin Facts Every Bitcoin Owner Should Know

Bitcoin Facts

The mysterious “money of the internet”, Bitcoin, has steadily risen in popularity over the last 8 years and is still the undisputed king of cryptocurrencies.

While some are actively using Bitcoin for both investment purposes and daily transactions, there is a large majority who have not started acquiring Bitcoin and have no plans on doing so.

These people have yet to see the power of cryptocurrencies!

The Top 9 Interesting Bitcoin Facts You Need To Know

Part of the reason people don’t want to use Bitcoin is that they don’t know enough about it. Well, our mission here at CoinSutra is to get everyone on the same page with regard to Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

Here are 9 facts you need to know about Bitcoin.

1. The first Bitcoin purchase was for pizza.

The first Bitcoin purchase

Did you know why May 22 is celebrated as Bitcoin Pizza Day?

Initially, when bitcoins were mined they were virtually worthless as it cost literally cents to buy a BTC.

But it was until 22 May 2010, when someone purchased something with bitcoins.

Seven years ago on this day, someone bought Piazzas with bitcoins and this purchase was a big deal because no retailer was accepting bitcoins at that time for goods and services.

On 22 May 2010, two Papa John’s Pizzas were exchanged by Laszlo Hanyecz for 10,000 BTC. This was the first official documented purchase of goods using bitcoins.

At that time, the worth of 10,000 BTC was $41.

At the time of writing this article, the worth of 10,000 BTC is around $25.8 million.

2. The inventor of Bitcoin is a mystery.

The inventor of Bitcoin

Yes, that’s correct! The inventor of Bitcoin is still unknown.

Since the inception of Bitcoin in 2009, there have been several speculations about who the father of Bitcoin is.

The Bitcoin whitepaper was made open to the public under the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto. The identity of “Satoshi” is still a mystery yet to be solved.

Amidst this confusion, there are some people like Craig Wright, an Australian entrepreneur, who in May 2016 claimed to be the inventor of Bitcoin. However, this guy, later on, turned out to be just another scammer.

He with his partner tried to pump a forked version of Bitcoin called Bitcoin cash and made a lot of innocent users lose their hard earned money. None the less, he bought a Limbo with all the scam money:

https://twitter.com/ProfFaustus/status/932247391788519425

Some even suggest that Samsung, Toshiba, Nakamichi, and Motorola together created Bitcoin.

  • “Satoshi Nakamoto”:
  • Samsung and Toshiba  —- Satoshi
  • Nakamichi and Motorola  —- Nakamoto

This anonymity has led to comments likeBitcoin is a Ponzi Scheme, yet this buzz has not stopped BTC from growing.

Because the purpose of Bitcoin is to be a decentralized method of exchanging money, this anonymity is very healthy for the platform.

3. Bitcoin is untraceable & Bitcoin is NOT untraceable.

When making Bitcoin transactions, your name/identity is not used in any form. Only your public address is available.

But…

The Bitcoin blockchain is a permanent ledger which is transparent. If anyone knows your Bitcoin public address, they can see how many bitcoins you hold and what transactions you have made.

It’s how the FBI was able to bust the owner of Silk Road.

If users of Bitcoin want to hide their public address or IP, it can be done by using services like Bitmixer.io or a VPN.

That said, this just makes it difficult to trace; difficult, but not impossible.

4. If you lose your Bitcoin private key, you lose your bitcoins.

James Howells, an IT guy, lost 7,500 bitcoins in November 2013. While he was cleaning his desk at home, he threw away his hard disk containing the private keys of bitcoins which he had mined in 2010.

The realization dawned on him when he read the news of a Norweigan man who made a fortune by buying BTC at a low price.

He searched and searched, but could not find his hard disk.

At present, the worth of 7,500 BTC is approximately $19.4 million.

Without the private key, the funds are lost forever no one can use them.

Until this point in time, it is estimated that around 25% of all bitcoins have been forever lost.

5. Bitcoins don’t grow on trees.

Bitcoins don't grow on trees
Picture via squarewear

Just like money, bitcoins also don’t grow on trees.

But unlike traditional paper money, you can’t touch, feel, or print bitcoin.

Bitcoins are mined on the blockchain network, and they come into existence when miners successfully mine Bitcoin blocks.

At present, the mining power of Bitcoin’s network is 300 times more powerful than the world’s top 5 supercomputers combined.

6. There will only ever be 21 million bitcoins.

Bitcoin’s supply is finite.

There will only ever be 21 million bitcoins.

At present, 16.3 million have already been mined and are being traded. The last bitcoin will be mined in 2140. After that, no new bitcoins can be mined.

7. You can buy a lot of stuff with Bitcoin.

Buy stuff with Bitcoin

People always ask what you can buy with bitcoins.

But the real question should be:

  • What can’t you buy with bitcoins?

Here are just a few of the goods and services offered:

To find out more places where you can spend your bitcoins, see CoinSutra’s guide on “Where Do I Spend Bitcoin?“.

8. Since 2008, Bitcoin has consistently been making a profit (except for 1 year).

YearPrice at the Start of YearPrice at the end of Year Growth in %
2010$0.0015$0.3120566%
2011$0.31$6.181893.5%
2012$6.18$13.44117.5%
2013$13.44$7515487.8%
2015$285$435.752.8%
2016$435.7$952.5118.5%
2017$952.5$2586 (To date)171.57%

Yes, I deliberately missed one year: 2014. In that year, Bitcoin prices plummeted, incurring a 62% loss to investors.

That happened mostly because of the MtGox hack in 2014. After that, the price dropped from $751 to $285.

The fear of a blockchain hack engulfed investors, but it was not the blockchain which was compromised. MtGox had several fatal and exploitable flaws.

But every other year, the price of Bitcoin has steadily increased.

9. Bitcoin can’t be banned.

Bitcoin can't be banned

Due to the nature of Bitcoin, there is constant talk about “banning” it. This hostility towards Bitcoin is because it works outside the jurisdiction of the traditional banking system.

However, the fundamental design is such that it can’t be banned, only regulated. As long as you have an internet connection and a Bitcoin wallet, you can engage in Bitcoin.

Nevertheless, many countries have tried to ban it, like Bangladesh, Bolivia, Thailand, and Vietnam (among many others). But there are some countries like Australia, Russia, Japan, and Venezuela which have made Bitcoin an official legal tender and are regulating it.

However, some countries like India and even the USA are unclear of their official policy regarding cryptocurrencies.

Try as they might, Bitcoin can’t be pushed away just because it threatens the financial power structure. This is the real beauty of Bitcoin.

Facts You Need To Know About Bitcoin

Bitcoin is considered by many as the most revolutionary breakthrough of the  21st century after the internet.

Numerous cryptocurrencies have come and left after Bitcoin. Some called themselves “rivals of Bitcoin” while some complemented Bitcoin.

This is proof that Bitcoin and the blockchain are here to stay.

If you know more exciting facts about Bitcoin that I have missed in this article, then do let me know in the comments!!!

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9 thoughts on “9 Interesting Bitcoin Facts Every Bitcoin Owner Should Know”

  1. Hi Sudhir,
    Thanks for these facts about Bitcoin. Iknow that Bitcoin is already being accepted by a lot of merchants.
    My question is, is Bitcoin accepted by the big guns like Amazon, Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc.?
    At this point where the price of Bitcoin is already too high, should one invest in it or in other lower cryptocurrencies?

  2. I heard most of my friends on Facebook talking about bitcoin..They always asked who have BTC to sell? I knew it cryptocurrency but never really knew much about it. After going through this post, I’m considering going into cryptocurrency. At least there is a blog like this I can follow now.

  3. Well well written,

    This post really helps, I like the table that you used to provide data, This make me think that bitcoin is not a very good investment, and one should do a small part into investing in it.

  4. From last couple of years i was not concerned about the bitcoins, cryptocurrency or any digital currency. But after going through this post i get to know about the digital assets. This blog highly recommend to all of them who wanted to know about the bitcoin.

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