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Bitcoin Halving Sparks Major Drop in Transaction Fees

Just a day after hitting an all-time high average of $128 on April 20, Bitcoin transaction fees have seen a significant drop, settling at an average of $8-10 for medium-priority transactions as of April 21, as reported by

The surge in fees on April 20, coinciding with the fourth Bitcoin halving, saw Bitcoin rake in $78.3 million in total fees, surpassing Ethereum by more than 24 times, according to Crypto Fees data.

A remarkable moment occurred in the Bitcoin network’s history at block height 840,000 during the halving, with a remarkable 37.7 Bitcoin (equivalent to $2.4 million) paid to the Bitcoin miner ViaBTC. This marked the highest fee ever recorded in the network’s 15-year existence.

The surge in demand at block 840,000 was primarily driven by enthusiasts of meme coins and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), vying to secure rare satoshis using the newly launched Runes protocol, a novel token standard introduced at the halving block.

The block at height 840,000 accommodated 3050 transactions, translating to an average fee of just under $800 per user, according to Cointelegraph.

Although higher-than-usual block fees persisted until approximately block 840,200, they have since subsided to around 1-2 Bitcoin.

Despite the hefty block fee payouts to miners during the halving, shielding them initially from the impact of the block subsidy reduction from 6.25 Bitcoin to 3.125 Bitcoin, the scenario has shifted with the current average block fee comfortably below 3.125 Bitcoin.

Data from block 840,266 reveals total fees amounting to 1.64 BTC, resulting in total rewards of 4.76 BTC after factoring in the new block subsidy of 3.125 BTC.

Bitcoin has now surpassed Ethereum in terms of fees for six consecutive days from April 15 to 20, with its 7-day fee average standing at $17.8 million.

Interestingly, the halving event did not exert a substantial influence on Bitcoin’s price, which has seen a modest 1.5% increase since then, reaching $64,840, according to CoinGecko.

It is worth noting that the latest Bitcoin halving has been carried out smoothly at 8:10 p.m. on Friday evening (New York time), possibly affecting companies engaged in managing the cryptocurrency’s operations. This event, happening every four years, has halved the mining reward the payment miners receive for confirming transactions on the network.

This reduction in rewards was intentionally programmed into Bitcoin’s blockchain code by its creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, to uphold a hard cap of 21 million Bitcoin and prevent inflation.

With this fourth halving since 2012, the daily reward for miners has decreased from 900 Bitcoin to 450 Bitcoin.

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