Bitcoin’s ‘genesis’ block of transaction was created 15 years ago

“The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks”

That was the message contained in bitcoin’s first-ever transaction block on Jan. 3, 2009. Today marks the 15th anniversary of that event.

The so-called “genesis” block featured what was then a 50 bitcoin (BTC) block subsidy — worth a whopping $2.1 million at today’s prices — and the message above, referring to the economic turbulence of the day when bitcoin went live. 

Months earlier, bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, first published the protocol’s white paper, which outlined a system for digital money that didn’t rely on a trusted central administrator. The white paper’s…

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