Bitcoin ‘wholecoiners’ hold above 1 million mark for 13 months

    28 Jun 2024

    The number of Bitcoin “whole-coiners” — a name given to addresses holding one or more Bitcoin — has remained above 1 million for the last 13 months.

    The one million “wholecoiner” milestone was first reached on May 13, 2023, when Bitcoin was trading at just $27,000, according to data from Glassnode.

    This number of wholecoiner wallet addresses reached an all-time high on Jan. 1 this year, with just over 1,024,000 wallets holding one or more Bitcoin, according to Glassnode.

    Today, despite Bitcoin’s price rocketing to double that in May 2023, the number of wallet addresses holding one Bitcoin or more stands at 1,010,800.

    The milestone of “one million” Bitcoin wallets indicates a significant upward trend in Bitcoin ownership. However, it is important to note that a single Bitcoin wallet address does not necessarily correspond to one individual.

    Many crypto investors have multiple Bitcoin addresses and other addresses belong to major institutions like cryptocurrency exchanges and investment firms that typically own large sums of Bitcoin.

    Of the 19.7 million Bitcoin currently in circulation, 2.48 million of these — worth $152 billion — are held on major centralized exchanges such as Binance and Coinbase.

    Additionally, a whopping 3 million BTC — worth $80.4 billion and accounting for 17% of the total circulating supply — are “lost forever,” according to estimates from Glassnode.

    When Bitcoin first launched on Jan. 3, 2009, only one wallet address — Sataoshi Nakamoto’s — held more than 1 Bitcoin.

    This number quickly ballooned to 30,000 by the beginning of 2010 and grew at an increasing rate for the next 8 years.

    There are times when Bitcoin wholecoiner wallet addresses have also dipped significantly, falling by 30,000 or more.

    This has happened on three separate occasions: once between March and May 2016, between September and December 2018 during the depths of a persistent bear market, and once more between February and July 2021 during a sharp sell-off after a meteoric rally months before.


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