Countdown to Block Reward Reduction – 18 Days Until Bitcoin Cash Halving
March 20, 2020
In 18 days, the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network will see its next halving as the block reward will decrease from 12.5 to 6.25 coins on or around April 8, 2020. BCH will be the first blockchain out of the top three SHA256 networks to halve as BSV will see a reward reduction two days after and BTC will halve 34 days later.
Every 210,000 blocks the Bitcoin Cash network experiences a block reward halving and the upcoming BCH halving will reduce the miner reward from 12.5 to 6.25 coins. In fact, all three of the top SHA256 blockchains (BTC, BCH, and BSV) will experience a reward halving during the next 50 days. Just before the BCH halving, cryptocurrency markets were hit hard by the economic turmoil surrounding the covid-19 virus that struck fear into global markets. For example, on February 15, BCH was trading for $498 per coin but has since lost 52% in value and is now swapping for $231.
BCH is scheduled to halve in 18 days on or around April 8, 2020, depending on aggregate block times. At the time of publication, it is 1.4% more profitable to mine on the BCH chain, but the profit parity between BTC and BCH hasn’t been drastically different. At times it can be 1-3% more profitable to mine on the BCH chain and at other times it can be 1-3% more profitable to mine BTC.
At the time of publication, Bitcoin Cash has 2,658,913 coins left to mine and around 33,913 coins that will be mined before the halving. The reason BCH will halve before BTC is because aggregate block times were found much faster than BTC’s in the same period of time. This is due to the BCH network’s Difficulty Adjustment Algorithm (DAA) which put BCH ahead by roughly 34 days. BCH has a miner issuance rate of around 1,800 coins per day, give or take, and the current inflation rate is around 3.7%. Soon enough, the BCH inflation rate will be lower than the average inflation target central banks reference worldwide at 2%. The Bitcoin Cash hashrate today is around 3.5 exahash per second (EH/s) and there are 2,713 blocks left until the mining reward is halved.
Factors to Consider: Price, Difficulty, and Miners Hashing Two Networks or More
During the last few days, BCH proponents have been discussing the upcoming halving and what will happen. “Oh damn, this is roughly 30 days earlier than [the] BTC halving. Wonder how the miners will react?” one person wrote on Reddit. Others talked about how the rate of BTC blocks has delayed BTC’s halving and the interval has been slowly lengthening. A number of the people discussing the subject understood that the spot market prices and both the BTC and BCH networks’ DAA changes will have to be considered.
This will be the first time in history that three SHA256 networks will halve in roughly the same timeframe. Bitcoin SV (BSV), the network that split from BCH, is expected to halve on or around Friday, April 10, 2020. All three networks have mining pools that are mining either two or three networks and a few other mining operations are dedicated solely to one coin. During the conversation on Reddit, people discussed miners jumping back and forth from each chain depending on block reward profitability.
Unlike the Federal Reserve, the Bitcoin Cash protocol has a hard-coded supply cap that cannot be changed on a whim in order to inflate the circulation and rate of BCH issuance. BCH supporters understand that a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency that offers great portability and store of value and medium of exchange features will be valued if it remains censorship-resistant. Because BCH has a supply of 2.6 million coins left to mine, the demand should continue, which traditionally leads to an increase in an asset’s price.
What do you think about the BCH halving and how the block reward will drop from 12.5 coins to 6.25 coins in 18 days?
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