Halloween and Bitcoin White Paper Release

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As Halloween approaches, crypto enthusiasts have another reason to celebrate beyond the ghosts and ghouls that roam the night. This October 31 marks not only the eve of All Hallows’ Eve but also the 15th anniversary of a truly groundbreaking event – the release of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin white paper. While this eerie coincidence may not involve jack-o’-lanterns or trick-or-treaters, it does bring a touch of cryptic magic to the world of digital finance.

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This nine-page document, shorter than historical texts like the Magna Carta and the U.S. Constitution, introduced a disruptive concept – the ability to send money over the internet without intermediaries. Despite initial skepticism and objections, Bitcoin emerged as the first digital currency operating independently from any government or entity. Satoshi’s true identity remains a mystery, and his work, while updated over the years, still sparks academic interest and innovation. The white paper’s influence has spurred over 4,000 academic papers and resides on various websites, forging a lasting legacy in the cryptocurrency realm.

A Halloween Connection

In the cryptoverse, there’s a peculiar overlap of events. Halloween, a night shrouded in mystery and costumes, shares its calendar space with an equally enigmatic occurrence—the release of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin white paper.

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The Bitcoin White Paper by Satoshi Nakamoto. Image Source

But why did Satoshi choose Halloween, of all days, to unveil this revolutionary idea? The answer lies somewhere between historical symbolism and deeper significance.

October 31, originally known as Samhain, was celebrated by the Celts as a day of death and renewal. This ancient tradition later merged with Christianity when Pope Gregory IV moved All Saints Day to coincide with Samhain. The resulting holiday, Halloween, holds religious significance but has evolved into associations with costume parties and trick-or-treating.

Additionally, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther initiated the Protestant Reformation by nailing his Ninety-five Theses to a church door in Wittenberg. While the grievances differed, both Satoshi and Luther challenged established authorities. Luther protested the sale of plenary indulgences, while Satoshi sought to disrupt the financial system.

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Martin Luther initiated the Protestant Reformation in 1517. Image Source: MTSU

The parallel symbolism between these events suggests that Satoshi was announcing a transformative reformation. This unique connection accentuates the deliberate choices made by Bitcoin’s enigmatic creator, reflecting a deeper layer of meaning to its genesis on Halloween.

The Upcoming Bitcoin Halving

Bitcoin halving is a process that aims to regulate the issuance of new Bitcoin rewards to miners securing the network. This regulation involves reducing the block rewards by half approximately every four years.

A Brief History

  • Bitcoin’s total supply caps at 21 million coins, and miners receive new Bitcoins for validating transactions and securing the network.
  • The first Bitcoin halving occurred in 2012, reducing the reward from 50 BTC to 25 BTC.
  • The second halving took place in 2016, further cutting the reward to 12.5 BTC.
  • The most recent halving event occurred in May 2020, reducing the reward to 6.25 BTC.
  • The next halving is expected in 2024.
  • Each halving event reduces the number of new Bitcoins entering the market.
the semantics of bitcoin halving so far
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The Bitcoin halving affects supply and demand dynamics, often leading to increased Bitcoin prices if demand remains constant or grows. The limited supply of 21 million Bitcoins makes it a valuable asset, especially if demand continues to rise. The last halving is projected to occur in 2140 when miners will no longer receive block rewards but will rely on transaction fees to maintain the network.

Could This Time Be Different?

Each Bitcoin halving event associates with specific phases, including pre-halving periods, rallies, retracements, resistance, and parabolic price action. Historical data suggests that we may experience a retracement before the next halving, potentially bringing Bitcoin’s price down.

This time may be different due to increased long-term holding of Bitcoin, record-high addresses with more than one Bitcoin, and the influence of institutional investors like BlackRock seeking a Bitcoin ETF. The decreasing balance of Bitcoin on exchanges further supports the potential for upward price momentum. Post-halving phases can lead to substantial price increases, even beyond previous all-time highs, especially if external factors like a Bitcoin ETF approval play a role.

BTC at $34,000 In Halloween Spirit

Bitcoin’s price has been relatively stable, hovering at around $34,327.36, with a minimal 0.01% increase on Tuesday. After a recent rally, Bitcoin hovers in a critical price range around $34,000, and this week’s Federal Reserve decision may influence its next price move. In the short term, Bitcoin faces intermediate resistance at an average of $34,500.

BTC price chart on halloween eve
Bitcoin’s price has been relatively stable, hovering at around $34,327.36. Image Source: tradingview

However, should demand for Bitcoin surge and surpass the resistance level of approximately $35,500, there’s potential for Bitcoin to establish a new trajectory toward $42,000.

The recent boost in Bitcoin’s price is primarily attributed to the hope that the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will grant approval for a US-based spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). This approval is anticipated either by the end of this year or by January 10, 2024.

Read: Bitcoin Goes Bullish!

the crypto market cap scenario on halloween eve
The global cryptomarket cap is at $1.28 trillion now. Image Source: CMC

Regarding the broader cryptocurrency market, the global crypto market cap has experienced a 0.87% increase, reaching $1.28 trillion. Over the last 24 hours, the total crypto market volume has surged by 48.71%, totaling $39.76 billion. DeFi (Decentralized Finance) contributes significantly to this, accounting for $3.89 billion, which is 9.77% of the total 24-hour crypto market volume. Additionally, stablecoins have played a substantial role, with a volume of $35.78 billion, constituting 89.99% of the total 24-hour crypto market volume.

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