Bitcoin (BTC) is making history by entering the iconic Guinness World Records book. For its 2023 edition, Guinness World Records has created a new category called “Cryptomania”. He added Bitcoin, NFTs and various blockchain milestones to his list of official records. On this occasion, Bitcoin won several titles. In particular, it holds the record for the first decentralized network and that of the oldest crypto.
Bitcoin Mentioned in Multiple Record Book Entries
The world’s number one crypto is mentioned in 17 of the book’s entries. These include in particular:
- The first blockchain : launched in 2009 by Nakamoto
- The oldest cryptocurrency : 13 years
- The first Bitcoin transaction : from Nakamoto to Hal Finney, January 12, 2009
- The first commercial transaction in Bitcoin : May 22, 2010, purchase of a pizza with 10 BTC by Laszlo Hanyecz
- The first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender : El Salvador in September 2021
- The most valuable cryptocurrency : March 24, 2022
There is also the record of the biggest Bitcoin fraud. In 2012, Bitcoin Savings and Trust reportedly lost the equivalent of $5.6 million when it was shut down by the US SEC.
Bitcoin holds the record for the biggest crypto hack. It is also mentioned in the first seizure and largest crypto seizure. Also, it is in the top crypto exchange but also the biggest winning crypto jackpot in an online poker tournament. The king of crypto is also the first Minecraft server with a Bitcoin economy and the first NFT.
A new era for Guinness World Records
The title of the first decentralized crypto came with the history of its creation by the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto. He published the white paper in 2008, which was made available to the public in 2009.
The effort of Guinness World Records is quite commendable in that it has included the new technologies that are an integral part of our daily lives. It has nevertheless been the subject of some constructive criticism. Indeed, some errors have been reported by Guinness Records such as the number of Bitcoin in a single Nakamoto wallet. This was also the case with the publication date of the whitepaper and certain differentiations between validators and miners in proof-of-work (PoW) blockchains.
This new edition has been available for sale since last month. The addition of this new category reflects the prominent place occupied by cryptocurrency in the contemporary world.
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