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Why Bitcoin's fee is growing so much in April

By Stormgain | Stormgain | 15 Apr 2024


The Ordinals protocol, which appeared in 2023 due to the numbering of satoshis, allowed digital objects such as NFTs (an analogue to ERC-721) and quasi-tokens (an analogue to ERC-20) to be transmitted over the Bitcoin network. The resulting boom in all sorts of meme coins died down a year after the protocol was introduced, and the fee for a simple transaction returned to the range of $0.50-$2.00.

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The calm didn't last long. In April, meme coins experienced a new boom on the network. Over the past week, Bitcoin ordinals have taken the top two spots in the overall collections ranking, pushing back both Solana and Ethereum.

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Since the Bitcoin network doesn't boast high performance, the significant spike in the number of transactions has led to higher fees. Right now, you'll have to pay about $10 for a simple transfer.

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But that's far from the limit. It's highly likely that minting and exchanging ordinals will continue to rise due to the approaching halving. Commission costs will peak on Halving Day (which is tentatively expected to occur on 19 April) as digital objects minted in the first block of the new era will gain collector value.

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When it comes to the price of Bitcoin itself, the ordinal hype has no noticeable effect on it.

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The beneficiaries of the hype are miners, whose revenue grows significantly due to network utilisation.

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Yesterday, the share of transaction processing revenue soared to 28.5% of the block mining reward. In other words, in addition to 6.25 BTC for the block itself, some miners received 1.78 BTC for including transactions in it.

For crypto miners, ordinals can be a great help as they'll keep revenues relatively high post-halving.


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