The Bitcoin halving draws near, with less than 2,900 blocks left until the event

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The Bitcoin halving draws near, with less than 2,900 blocks left until the event

The upcoming Bitcoin halving looms nearer as each block progresses, expected to occur between April 18th and April 22nd, 2024, at block 840,000. This significant event will reduce the mining reward per block from 6.25 bitcoins to 3.125 bitcoins. Here, we delve into the key aspects you should grasp concerning the fourth Bitcoin halving.

Guiding Through Bitcoin’s Approaching Reward Halving
There are fewer than 2,900 blocks left before the impending Bitcoin halving event. Understanding the concept of halving begins with comprehending the process of bitcoin mining, which generates new bitcoins.

Bitcoin mining involves miners validating blocks containing transactions awaiting confirmation. Miners compete in a computational race, utilizing their processing power in a method known as ‘Proof-of-Work’ (PoW).

Upon successfully validating a block and its transactions, miners receive 6.25 newly generated bitcoins, along with transaction fees. Block discovery typically happens approximately every ten minutes, although this timeframe can fluctuate.


The Bitcoin halving occurs approximately every four years, reducing the block reward by half. Initially set at 50 BTC per block, it halved to 25 BTC in 2012, 12.5 BTC in 2016, and further to 6.25 BTC in 2020. The fourth halving, expected around April 20, will cut rewards to 3.125 BTC per block.

As the 210,000th block approaches (marking the halving), estimates suggest it could happen as early as April 17. This reduction from 6.25 to 3.125 BTC per block greatly affects miners, dropping their daily earnings from $62.72 million to $31.36 million at current prices.

The Bitcoin whitepaper outlines:
“The steady addition of a constant amount of new coins is analogous to gold miners expending resources to add gold to circulation. In our case, it is CPU time and electricity that is expended.”

For many, the halving is an occasion that can be monitored from a distance, followed through digital timers online, indicating a deliberate reduction in Bitcoin’s release. This adds a deflationary aspect to Bitcoin’s economic model. As Bitcoin is a global and boundary-less phenomenon, the halving event is recognized across different time zones and celebrated worldwide.

Meanwhile, miners encounter the strategic task of upgrading their hardware and potentially enlarging their operations to offset the effects of a 50% decline in income.