Bitcoin Could Bounce Quickly as Miner Reserves Drop to Lowest Since 2010

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Bitcoin reserves held by miners have dropped 1.90 million bitcoin after starting the year with 1.95 million BTC.  

Bitcoin miner reserves have dropped to their lowest level since 2010 (14 years ago), which could cause a potential shift in the crypto market.  

As of June 2024, Bitcoin reserves held by miners have dropped 1.90 million bitcoin after starting the year with 1.95 million BTC.   

Lucas Outumuro, head of research at IntoTheBlock, noted that miners will continue to reduce their BTC holdings over time. He attributes the development to the halving events, which pressure miners’ profit margins and force them to sell more reserves.    

BTC and Miners 

Several factors contribute to this phenomenon. Notably, in Bitcoin’s proof-of-work consensus mechanism, miners earn newly minted bitcoin as rewards for validating transactions and securing the network. Miner reserves are the unsold bitcoins accumulated by these miners. Approximately every four years, the mining rewards undergo a halving that reduces the subsidy by half.   

The most recent quadrennial halving, which took place on April 20, 2024, cut mining rewards from 6.25 BTC to 3.125 BTC.   

Historically, when miners reduce their selling, it has often led to bullish trends in BTC’s price. Also, with fewer bitcoins sold on the market, the shift in supply demand can lead to price appreciation.   

Despite the reduction in mining rewards, the value of mining reserves in U.S. dollars has remained near its all-time high of approximately $135 billion, indicating that although miners hold fewer BTC, the dollar value of their reserves has increased, reflecting higher BTC prices.    

Reserve Drop Presents Opportunity and Challenges 

An April report by Coinshares predicts a surge in Bitcoin’s hash rate in 2025 following a dip after the recent halving. As bitcoin rewards decrease and competition increases, the amount of BTC produced per unit of hash power diminishes over time, leading to higher production costs. 

The development presents opportunities and challenges for investors. On the other hand, the potential for a price surge makes the digital asset an appealing investment, but the volatile nature of the market needs caution and prudent decision-making