Bitcoin's Third Halving Complete: Reward Cut Surprisingly Faster Than Previous Time Estimates

The Bitcoin blockchain has experienced its third block reward halving on May 11, 2020, at approximately 3:21 p.m EST, even though quite a few countdown clocks estimated that the halving would occur on May 12. Bitcoin miners now get 6.25 BTC per block rather than the 12.5 BTC they acquired before the halving.

On Sunday, reported on the bitcoin halving that was expected to happen on May 12, 2020, but due to the speed of the network, it happened to take place on May 11 instead. At the time of publication, BTC’s hashrate is around 120 exahash per second (EH/s) and the price has been hovering in the mid-$8K range (between $8,300-8,700) per coin all day long.

The halvings happen every four years (210,000 blocks) on the BTC chain, and the last two were in 2012 and 2016. Before the first halving, miners got 50 coins and after that event, the block reward was cut down to 25 coins per block. The second halving saw the reward cut in July 2016, as it was shaved down to 12.5 BTC per block.

Bitcoin's Third Halving Is Complete: Reward Cut Surprisingly Faster Than Previous Time Estimates

The halving means no matter how miners feel about it, the reward (revenue) they get per block will be chopped in half. In our previous article, it was mentioned that there were three key data points to watch leading up to the halving which include; countdown clocks, the overall hashrate, and the price per BTC. Now that the halving is over and block 630,000 has been mined, the last two key data points will still be watched with great interest. One could also add that BTC’s network difficulty will be another statistic to watch during the days and weeks after the reward cut.

Bitcoin's Third Halving Is Complete: Reward Cut Surprisingly Faster Than Previous Time Estimates
The BTC network hashrate has been around 120 exahash per second on May 11, 2020, just before and during the block reward halving.

Observers can watch BTC’s price using, as well as observe BTC’s network hashrate via Both of these resources are updated every day in real-time and people can observe the network difficulty as well. The data and analysis web portal Coin Dance, which covers all three Bitcoin-based branches (BTC, BCH, and BSV), is also a great resource to use if you are watching the network’s activities after the halving. Satoshi’s halving code also changes BTC issuance and inflation rate and people can also monitor the inflation rate per annum using’s data.

Bitcoin's Third Halving Is Complete: Reward Cut Surprisingly Faster Than Previous Time Estimates

As far as halving price speculation and discussions, well you can find that kind of stuff all over social media and crypto-related forums. The truth of the matter is no one knows what will happen after the halving and the weeks and months that follow. Watching the price, difficulty, and overall hashrate will give spectators a better glimpse of the halvings effects. No matter what happens, cryptocurrency advocates know there is never a dull day in bitcoin-land and the reward halving just adds more fuel to the excitement and speculators’ wild theories too.

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Jamie Redman

Jamie Redman is the News Lead at News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,000 articles for News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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