Infographic: The Bitcoin Halving Explained

Infographic: The Bitcoin Halving Explained

by June 22, 2016

Bitcoin was designed as an alternative to fiat currency, boasting a number of unique characteristics such as its finite supply.

At the time of writing, the price of Bitcoin stands at a 2 year high and though there are a number of theories as to why demand is increasing, the timing is in line with the upcoming halving, where we will witness Bitcoin’s deflationary nature in action, regulating the amount that will be produced.

To fully understand how the halving, or as it has been dubbed “The halvening” works, you first have to understand how new bitcoin are created. Whereas more conventional, fiat currencies are issued by a governing body, Bitcoin is decentralized with no issuer. Instead, transactions and balances are recorded on a public ledger known as the blockchain.

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Maintaining a ledger which adds in excess of 100,000 transactions a day without a central authority is no small feat and is a task undertaken by “miners”, these people add enormous amounts of computing power to the network to solve complex math problems which verify that transactions bundled together into blocks are valid. In exchange for securing the network, miners are rewarded with newly created bitcoin as well as the small fees included with each transaction.


To control the supply, the amount of bitcoin that miners is regulated every 210,000 blocks which is approximately every 4 years. When Bitcoin was launched, the reward fee for mining a block was 50 bitcoins, this halved on November 28th, 2012 after block 210,000 was mined and sometime next month when the 420,000th block is mined it will again half, with blocks mined resulting in a reward of 12.5. This will continue until all 21 million bitcoin have been mined and at this point, the incentive for mining will be based purely on transaction fees alone.

Ultimately, this means that new bitcoin will become scarcer with production more expensive. The basics of supply and demand indicate that if demand for bitcoin were to stay the same, the price should in theory increase, however some economists do not agree and criticize deflationary currency suggesting that saving, rather than spending does not add value to an economy.


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  1. nerdle
    #1 nerdle 8 September, 2022, 03:08

    To understand halving, you have to know how crypto mining works. Crypto mining is a process that verifies and adds new transactions to the blockchain for a cryptocurrency. This system usually requires a network of computers with competitive miners running calculations behind them.

  2. Heardle
    #2 Heardle 21 September, 2022, 09:05

    The halving policy was written into Bitcoin’s mining algorithm to counteract inflation by maintaining scarcity. In theory, the reduction in the pace of Bitcoin issuance means that the price will increase if demand remains the same.

  3. Redactle
    #3 Redactle 6 December, 2022, 16:41

    You need some familiarity with crypto mining to make sense of the halving process. Crypto mining is the process of verifying and adding new cryptocurrency transactions to the blockchain. A group of computers, called “miners,” compete by performing mathematical calculations in the background.

  4. unblocked gamez
    #4 unblocked gamez 20 December, 2022, 04:22

    In order to combat inflation by preserving scarcity, the halving policy was included into the Bitcoin mining algorithm. Theoretically, if demand stays the same despite the slower rate of Bitcoin supply, the price will rise.

  5. alakan
    #5 alakan 18 January, 2023, 12:00

    Great and informative article

  6. dordle
    #6 dordle 20 March, 2023, 11:18

    That information is pretty good and helpful. I appreciate you sharing this helpful information with us so quickly. Please keep us informed in this manner. I appreciate your sharing

  7. subway surfers
    #7 subway surfers 29 March, 2023, 06:25

    The Bitcoin Halving is an event that occurs approximately every four years when the block reward for Bitcoin miners is cut in half. This means that the amount of new Bitcoin generated per block is reduced by 50%.

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    #9 SABRI 10 April, 2023, 15:19

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  10. posterdle
    #10 posterdle 12 June, 2023, 09:03

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  11. dordle
    #11 dordle 13 June, 2023, 06:42

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  12. Mestera
    #12 Mestera 26 September, 2023, 17:38

    You explained detailed in this article.

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    #13 michel johns 26 September, 2023, 17:38

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  14. Rosie
    #14 Rosie 20 November, 2023, 10:37

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge about Bitcoin. It is fascinating how Bitcoin differs from traditional fiat currencies in terms of its decentralized nature and finite supply. The upcoming halving event certainly adds to the Connections Game excitement around Bitcoin and its potential as an investment.

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