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While Bitcoin’s Hashrate Grew by 22,900% in 6 Years, Discovering Block Rewards Is Far More Difficult

While Bitcoin’s Hashrate Grew by 22,900% in 6 Years, Discovering Block Rewards Is Far More Difficult

Over the past 12 months, Bitcoin’s hashrate has increased by 85.77%, while 53,547 blocks were mined and 334,668.75 new bitcoin were minted into circulation. More than two dozen bitcoin mining pools have dedicated hashrate toward the Bitcoin blockchain during the last six years, and while the hashrate is 22,900% higher, the number of bitcoins found per year is a whole lot less.

334,668 Bitcoin Minted Since September 2021 — Foundry USA Captures the Most Blocks

Miners accrued just over 334,668 BTC since September 10, 2021, and 53,547 blocks were found during the past 12 months. Foundry USA has been the top mining pool out of the 28 mining pools that found blocks during the past year.

Foundry captured 18.14% of the year’s global hashrate average and found 9,716 blocks. Antpool was the second largest miner during the past year, capturing 15.31% of the global hashrate. Antpool managed to discover 8,198 blocks, or 51,237.50 BTC (not including fees) in 12 months.

While Bitcoin’s Hashrate Grew by 22,900% in 6 Years, Discovering Block Rewards Is Far More Difficult
12-month mining pool statistics on September 10, 2022.

Antpool is followed by F2pool’s 14.79% of the year’s hashrate, after the pool found 7,919 block rewards. Binance Pool was the year’s fourth largest mining pool with 10.72% of the 12-month hashrate average.

Binance Pool found 5,738 blocks this past year, which equates to 35.862.50 BTC (not including fees). Poolin took 10.69% of the global hashrate during the past 12 months finding 5,724 blocks. Unknown hash or stealth miners represented the 12th largest mining entity with 1.74% of the year’s global hashrate after stealth miners found 934 blocks.

Annual Block Reward Production Was the Same in 2016 and 2019, but Miners Discovered a Lot More Bitcoin Back Then

Things are a whole lot different than they were six years ago from today, as the hashrate hit 1 exahash per second (EH/s) in 2016. 27 pools were mining BTC in 2016 and 55,077 blocks were found that year.

The top mining pool in November 2016 was F2pool with 21.71% of the year’s global hashrate after it found 11,958 blocks that year. F2pool was followed by Antpool, BTCC, Bitfury, and BW.com, respectively. While the last 12 months has seen an 85.77% hashrate increase, since 2016 the hashrate has jumped 22,900% higher.

While Bitcoin’s Hashrate Grew by 22,900% in 6 Years, Discovering Block Rewards Is Far More Difficult
12-month mining pool statistics on November 24, 2016.

While the hashrate is a whole lot bigger than it was six years ago, the difficulty has increased a great deal as well. The number of bitcoins miners get nowadays is also much smaller. While 334,668.75 BTC was minted this past year, during the first six months of 2016, miners found 688,462.50 BTC, because the block reward was 25 BTC per block.

Moreover, during the latter half of 2016, only 344,231.25 BTC was found, but that’s still more than the 334,668 coins minted since last September. During the second half of 2016, miners got 12.5 BTC per block rather than the 6.25 BTC per-block reward miners get today and since May 2020.

In April 2019, 53,522 blocks were found that year and 669,025 new bitcoin were minted into circulation. Btc.com was the top miner at the time, after finding 10,468 blocks, and Antpool was the second largest pool, capturing 7,122 blocks in 2019.

While unknown hashrate represented 1.74% of the past year’s hashpower, in 2016 stealth miners were virtually non-existent. In April 2019, however, unknown hashrate captured 3.76% of the global hashrate during the 12-month span and found 2,013 blocks that year.

Despite the fact that miners get a lot fewer bitcoins per block than they did three years ago or six years ago, the price is higher, creating enough equilibrium to where miners still profit with all the expenditures they put into mining.

In February 2019, bitcoin’s price was $3,464 per BTC and the USD value at the time made it so only a few mining rigs were profitable. Using Bitcoin’s February 2019 difficulty metric, the price, and $0.12 per kilowatt-hour in electricity costs, only three SHA256 mining rigs were profitable.

What do you think about the last 12 months of bitcoin block production? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

Jamie Redman

Jamie Redman is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 6,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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Borroe Finance draws attention in presale as Ethereum and BNB investors seek new opportunities

Ethereum (ETH) and Binance Coin (BNB) are among the best altcoins in the crypto industry, and investors will always have them in their portfolios. Even though these tokens are currently bullish, they will probably not deliver a triple-digit ROI to investors in 2024.  As a result, savvy investors turned to a fast-growing crypto token called Borroe…


Ethereum (ETH) and Binance Coin (BNB) are among the best altcoins in the crypto industry, and investors will always have them in their portfolios. Even though these tokens are currently bullish, they will probably not deliver a triple-digit ROI to investors in 2024. 

As a result, savvy investors turned to a fast-growing crypto token called Borroe Finance ($ROE). Keep reading to see expert opinions and forecasts on these tokens.   

Standard Chartered predicts a May Ethereum Spot ETFs approval

On January 30, analysts at Standard Chartered (one of the world’s leading financial institutions) predicted that the US SEC may approve Ethereum Spot ETFs by May 23. According to Geoff Kendrick (head of Digital Assets Research at SC), Ethereum will likely mirror BTC’s price movement in the weeks leading up to SEC’s approval for BTC Spot ETFs. Therefore, Kendrick predicts that ETH could trade for $4,000 before its approval.

Thanks to this positive Ethereum crypto news, ETH recorded a minor price surge in the last week of January. On January 24, ETH traded for $2,230. A week later, ETH gained 4.89% and sold for $2,336. According to crypto analysts, Ethereum may likely be one of the best crypto investments in 2024 due to landmark activities in the blockchain industry. BTC halving comes in April, and the resulting market volatility will likely push ETH to $3,200.

Binance Coin surges amid groundbreaking partnership

On January 27, Laika AI (one of the world’s best DeFi research platforms) announced a partnership with Binance Coin Greenfield. Binance Coin Greenfield is a sub-chain of the BNB chain built to provide a decentralized data storage system and thriving web3 data economy to the blockchain industry. In other news, Crypto Slam recently revealed that Binance Coin Chain NFT sales shot up by 688% in the last week of January.

Thanks to these favourable ecosystem developments, BNB went bullish in late January. On January 24, BNB traded for $292. Seven days later, BNB gained 4.84% and sold for $307. According to crypto experts, BNB is primed for a price surge in Q1 2024 because retail crypto traders will return to accumulate altcoins during BTC’s halving in April. Therefore, BNB will likely trade for $325 by March 2024.   

Investors back $ROE, presale raises over $2.7M in four stages

Borroe Finance ($ROE) is the world’s first web3 blockchain invoice discounting NFT marketplace. As a decentralized fundraising marketplace, Borroe Finance allows web3 businesses to raise instant cash by minting future earnings into NFTs and selling them to supportive communities at discounted prices. To ensure the safety of the fundraising process, Borroe Finance incorporates AI-risk assessment and efficient payment solutions into its protocol.  

$ROE’s fourth presale stage is ongoing, and the token is selling for $0.019. So far, $ROE has completed 85.7% of its current presale stage, and the platform has raised over $2.7 million. When all presale stages conclude, $ROE will surge to $0.040 and deliver a massive 110.5% ROI to early investors. Furthermore, experts believe $ROE will record quick market acceptance in 2024 and likely trade for $0.190 by the end of the year.  

To learn more about Borroe Finance, visit Borroe Finance Presale, join their  Telegram Group, or follow Borroe Finance on Twitter


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Why experienced investors are turning to NuggetRush amidst the meme coin frenzy?

Shiba Inu burned billions of tokens in January. BONK could fall further amid growing competition from meme coin rivals. NuggetRush (NUGX) could become the most in-demand play-to-earn network after its 80% price increase. The price of SHIB is still struggling despite over 9 billion SHIB tokens being burned by Shiba Inu in January 2024. On…


  • Shiba Inu burned billions of tokens in January.
  • BONK could fall further amid growing competition from meme coin rivals.
  • NuggetRush (NUGX) could become the most in-demand play-to-earn network after its 80% price increase.

The price of SHIB is still struggling despite over 9 billion SHIB tokens being burned by Shiba Inu in January 2024. On the other hand, competition from other meme coins could push BONK down in the market.

Now, investors see NuggetRush (NUGX) as a last hope to secure stable returns and gold rewards. The project has sold nearly 169 million tokens. Yet, can NUGX become a better investment than top altcoins like SHIB and BONK? Let’s hear from market experts.

NuggetRush: matching expectations with high-value gold rewards

Speculation in the NFT gaming industry is rising NuggetRush prepares to launch the first-ever blockchain mining game. While gamers are thrilled by the prospect of an immersive strategy-based game, investors and crypto enthusiasts are more excited about earning NFT rewards that can be traded for real gold.

NuggetRush players primarily aim to become the game’s best miners and sit atop its leaderboard. To achieve this, players will set off on their journey with only miners and equipment while upgrading them as they progress. 

With better NFT characters and machinery, a player’s mining efficiency will increase, boosting their chances of completing quests and earning financial rewards.

As for wealth-building, NuggetRush (NUGX) offers staking and trading of NFT assets. Rare in-game rewards called RUSHGEMS can be swapped for real-world gold at the game’s P2P marketplace. On the other hand, NuggetRush (NUGX) players can earn up to 20% APY rewards by staking their NFT assets.

NuggetRush is now in the last phases of its presale, and investors have already swooped up over 168 million NUGX tokens. In that time, NUGX’s price has risen by 80%, moving from $0.010 in round one to $0.018 by round five of its presale. 

Investors are already anticipating another 11.1% rise to $0.020 as NUGX is gearing up for its listing. Furthermore, it is showing strong signs of becoming one of the top DeFi projects.

Shiba Inu burns 9 billion tokens

Shiba Inu has kept its word of increasing the SHIB burn rate in 2024. Reports from ShibaScan show that Shiba Inu has burned over 9 billion tokens in January 2024. It comes amid the widespread bearishness that has suffocated the progress of many altcoins. 

Shiba Inu (SHIB) has also succumbed to the bearish pressure. As of January 1, SHIB traded at $0.00001069. It fell by 10.9% to $0.000009516 on January 17. SHIB fell by 6.8% to $0.000008861 on January 25, before recovering by 3.8% to $0.0000092 by January 30.

Shiba Inu (SHIB) first unveiled its policy of increased token burns in late 2023, following the launch of Shibarium. 

Furthermore, Shibarium’s network activity has risen since the end of 2023, increasing demand for Shiba Inu’s services. This could push Shiba Inu’s SHIB token up by 52.3% to $0.00001402. Analysts say Shiba Inu’s (SHIB) increased token burn rate could make it one of the top crypto coins.

BONK expects competition from meme coin rivals

BONK has enjoyed spectacular growth in the past few months. Yet, the network is gearing up for a possible downturn amid competition from community-driven meme coins. In late January 2024, meme coin investor sentiment rose for networks like Dogwifhat.

Despite the market-wide price drop-off, BONK remained very popular among many crypto users. It traded at $0.00001494 on January 1. BONK jumped by 19.5% to $0.00001202 on January 18 before falling by 6.3% to $0.00001126 on January 30.

BONK could rise further if the meme coin sector reaches its 2023 highs. The network has already upgraded its mobile wallet features to allow smooth and seamless trading of tokens. This could further boost BONK’s trading activity while pushing its price to $0.00001509.

For more information bout the NuggetRush presale, visit the NuggetRush Presale Website.


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Former Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan: Bitcoin Is a ‘Political Revolution’

Balaji Srinivasan, venture capitalist and former CTO of Coinbase, has highlighted the real purpose of Bitcoin and its implications for geopolitical and financial issues. Srinivasan stated that Bitcoin at its core is a “political revolution,” because it challenges the centralized states’ business model, and the change brought by it will be fought by states who [……
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