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Bitcoin Halving FAQ:

What is Bitcoin Halving?

Unlike FIAT currency, Bitcoin has a finite amount of coins that will ever get released.

This amount is 21 million, and so far more than 18 million have been released.

However, less and less Bitcoin gets released over the time as the reward gets reduced to half approximately every four years.

This process is known as Bitcoin halving, and it serves the purpose of preventing inflation.

Bitcoin halving happens after each 210 000 blocks mined, so the date is not always exact, but as we mentioned before- it happens approximately every 4 years.

Before the first halving, when Bitcoin just started- the block reward was 50 new Bitcoins for every block.

In 2012 the first halving happened, cutting the reward to 25 Bitcoins per new block.

In 2016 another halving happened, cutting the reward to 12.5 new Bitcoins per block.

In 2020, another halving happened, this time cutting the reward to 6.25.

The Bitcoin halving process will continue happening approximately every 4 years, until the block reward gets to 0 Bitcoins. The estimated date of this last Bitcoin halving should happen in 2140.

Is There a Bitcoin Halving Chart?

If you’re more of a visual person, you may prefer charts and other visual explanations.

bitcoin halving chart

Bitcoin halving chart

Bitcoin halving dates spreadsheet:

Halving dateBlock reward after halving
201225
201612.5
20206.25
20243.125
20281.5625
20320.78125
20360.390625
20400.1953125
20440.09765625
20480.048828125
20520.024414063
20560.012207031
20600.006103516
20640.003051758
20680.001525879
20720.000762939
20760.00038147
20800.000190735
20849.53674E-05
20884.76837E-05
20922.38419E-05
20961.19209E-05
21005.96046E-06
21042.98023E-06
21081.49012E-06
21127.45058E-07
21163.72529E-07
21201.86265E-07
21249.31323E-08
21284.65661E-08
21322.32831E-08
21361.16415E-08
21405.82077E-09

When is Next Bitcoin Halving Happening?

The next Bitcoin halving will most likely happen on May 09, 2024.

As mentioned before, the halving is not date based, but is based on mined blocks(every 210 000), so the exact date and time may vary.

Still, it’s clear that next Bitcoin halving will happen in mid 2024, and most predictions are estimating May 09 or May 10, 2024.

If you’d like to take a look at the current block, I recommend this neat Bitcoin explorer.

Does Bitcoin Halving Affects Price?

Bitcoin halving is a big deal in BTC and crypto circles. However, there’s no direct connection between Bitcoin halving and Bitcoin price.

In other words, Bitcoin market is a market for itself, and no one can predict Bitcoin price with 100% certainty.

Still, logic and history can be applied to Bitcoin halving and certain conclusions can be drawn.

After each BTC halving, the miners reward gets cut in half.

And when you cut their reward to half, this means their earnings will be cut in half as well.

A drop in earnings of 50% is usually enough to put most companies and individuals out of business.

But luckily, the crypto market was usually supportive to miners, increasing prices to cover their loss.

You can take a look at this Bitcoin price prediction or read below to see what happened after previous halvings in 2012 and 2016.

What Happened After Bitcoin Halving in 2012?

The halving in 2012 was the first Bitcoin halving and happened after block 210 000 was mined.

The exact date of this halving was 2012-11-28 at 15:24:38 UTC, and as soon as it happened, the Bitcoin reward dropped to 25 Bitcoins mined per every new block.

The price of Bitcoin on this halving date was around $13, and half year later it reached around $130.

While there’s no direct connection between Bitcoin halving in 2012 and Bitcoin price increase in early 2013, it gives us hope that similar may happen after each halving.

What Happened After Bitcoin Halving in 2016?

The second Bitcoin halving happened on July 9, 2016, cutting the miners reward from 25 Bitcoins to 12.5 Bitcoins released after every block.

The closing price on the date of second Bitcoin halving was $650.96.

After small oscillations from July 9, 2016 till Oct 30, 2016, Bitcoin achieved a price of $700 and started gaining price momentum.

On Jan 01, 2017 it reached $1000+ for the first time, and this was the start of the biggest crypto bubble that Earth has witnessed.

On December 17, 2017, Bitcoin price reached $20,089.00 before multiple crashes and what we now know as two strong supports- $3600 and $6000 approximately.

Worst case scenario- we saw an increase of 500% in Bitcoin price since the last BTC halving.

What’s Going To Happen After The 2020 Bitcoin Halving?

Long story short- the Earth should still spin.

Long story long- no one can predict this for sure.

The history says that Bitcoin halving may impose large gains for Bitcoin holders.

But Bitcoin market can’t be predicted with equations.

Of course, it can be presented, but presentation always captures what we know until that point.

If Bitcoin halving happens on May 13 and Bitcoin goes to $0 the day after(or even tomorrow, regardless of BTC halving)- there’s no one to blame.

There are so many possible scenarios that I think it’s best to stop here.

In my humble opinion, if you’re a long term holder and believer in crypto or Bitcoin- keep holding it!

And if you’re considering to invest in Bitcoin just because BTC halving may make it grow- think twice.

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