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Is There a Physical Bitcoin Coin?

Bitcoin is a digital asset and a payment system invented by Satoshi Nakamoto. Transactions are verified by network nodes through cryptography and recorded in a public dispersed ledger called a blockchain.

Bitcoin is unique in that there are a finite number of them: 21 million.

Bitcoins are created as a reward for a process known as mining. They can be exchanged for other currencies, products, and services.

As of February 2015, over 100,000 merchants and vendors accepted bitcoin as payment.

NOTE: WARNING: There is no physical coin or token representing Bitcoin. There are physical representations of Bitcoin, such as collectible coins and paper wallets, but these are not legal tender and do not hold any monetary value. If you come across a website that claims to offer physical Bitcoin coins, it is likely a scam. Be sure to research any potential purchases before making them.

According to research produced by Cambridge University there were between 2.9 million and 5.

8 million unique users using a cryptocurrency wallet, as of 2017, most of them using bitcoin.

The first wallet program was released in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto as open-source code.

A physical bitcoin coin does not exist; however, some companies have produced physical coins with the private key embedded inside them as a security feature. These coins are not easy to counterfeit due to their intricate design and are also very difficult to hack.

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