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Circulating Bitcoin Already Accounts for Nearly 90% of Total Supply

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Updated by Kyle Baird
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In Brief

  • 18.9 million BTC is in circulation at the moment.
  • The figure accounts for approximately 90% of the total supply.
  • Bitcoin’s current price is approximately $49,000.
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The number of bitcoins circulating on the market accounts for approximately 90% of the total supply. The statistic continues to grow steadily as was intended by Satoshi Nakamoto in the design of Bitcoin.

The total number of bitcoin in circulation in the market now accounts for 90% of the total supply. This figure has been steadily increasing since the start of the year and, indeed, has been doing so for many years now. The bitcoin in market circulation stands at just under 18.9 million, which is about two million under the total supply of 21 million, expected to be reached around the year 2140.

Bitcoin has had a tumultuous past few weeks, with news of regulation and a hefty price dropping making the headlines. Bitcoin’s price currently hovers just over $49,000, down from an all-time high of $69,000 earlier this year.

The drop below $50,000 disappointed many, but the crypto market can change in a span of a day. Bitcoin suddenly hit a new all-time high on Nov 10, and price drops can happen just as quickly. Market enthusiasts will be hoping that such a turnaround can happen again before the end of the year.

While many talked about bitcoin’s price potentially reaching $100,000, it so far doesn’t look like that’s going to happen with only roughly two weeks left until the end of the year. Investors appear buoyant about bitcoin’s future prospects, however, with the general sentiment being one of bullishness.

Medium to long term bitcoin forecasts are optimistic

Even if bitcoin and the crypto market aren’t as high as investors might like them to be, they’re still quite upbeat about the future based on a number of factors. From regulation to new technological developments and more institutional investments, there are a lot of factors pointing towards growth.

Institutional inflow has consistently been strong over the past six months, with bitcoin seeing some of the best capital inflow in its history. Companies like MicroStrategy also continue to pour funds into BTC, at a time when some would argue bitcoin’s price is at a bargain.

The fact that bitcoin has managed to enter more mainstream applications has also helped greatly. The use of bitcoin on apps and payments services like Cash App and PayPal has brought more exposure to the network. The number of bitcoin addresses has also reached a new all-time high, indicative of general growth.

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Rahul Nambiampurath
Rahul Nambiampurath's cryptocurrency journey first began in 2014 when he stumbled upon Satoshi's Bitcoin whitepaper. With a bachelor's degree in Commerce and an MBA in Finance from Sikkim Manipal University, he was among the few that first recognized the sheer untapped potential of decentralized technologies. Since then, he has helped DeFi platforms like Balancer and Sidus Heroes — a web3 metaverse — as well as CEXs like Bitso (Mexico's biggest) and Overbit to reach new heights with his...