Monday marked the seventh anniversary of what is said to be the first recorded instance of Bitcoins being used in a real-world transaction.
Over the course of seven years, Bitcoin’s value has multiplied 879,999 times. If an investor had decided to spend five dollars on about 2,000 Bitcoins back then, that stake would be worth $4.4 million today. With $1,200 spent on some 480,000 Bitcoins, the investor would be worth at least $1.1 billion today.At first, Bitcoin didn’t really catch on, and it was solely the domain of the early adopters. There were very few businesses which accepted Bitcoin as a payment method, and it was something which was almost frowned upon by most governments. As more and more businesses and governments accepted Bitcoin, it gradually went up in value, more and more people were starting to embrace the idea of a decentralized currency, and as more people jumped on board, the price began to rise. Since the beginning of the year 2017, the value of Bitcoin spiked after gaining legitimacy in countries like Japan.
“Bitcoin is better than currency.” – Bill Gates