Bitcoin Hits Second-Highest Transaction Day Amid Price Surge, Record Influx of Ordinal Inscriptions

Bitcoin Hits Second-Highest Transaction Day Amid Price Surge, Record Influx of Ordinal Inscriptions

Bitcoin marked its second most active day for transactions on December 3, 2023, as the cryptocurrency’s value soared past the $40K mark. This surge in activity comes closely after the record-setting day of November 19, 2023, when bitcoin miners validated 710,579 transactions. On Sunday, bitcoin miners authenticated a total of 707,876 transactions during the 24-hour period.

Bitcoin Sees Second-Busiest Day Amidst Surging Market Value

As the year draws to a close, the leading digital currency in terms of market valuation continues to see a high volume of transactions. Just a little over two weeks earlier, miners had processed a lifetime record of 710,579 transactions within a single day. Another notable peak in transaction activity was on September 15, 2023, with bitcoin miners confirming 703,692 transactions.

However, surpassing the previous second-largest day for transactions, Sunday, December 3, 2023, set a new benchmark with its 707,876 transfers. This activity relegates the September 15 record to the third-highest daily transfers ever recorded on the Bitcoin blockchain. The surge in these records is primarily attributed to the growing volume of Ordinal inscriptions occupying block space.

Despite the new Ocean pool’s refusal to mine inscriptions, a significant portion of the hashrate is actively confirming such transactions. Data from Dune Analytics on December 3, 2023, revealed a substantial 482,172 inscriptions were created on Sunday, accounting for the majority of the day’s transactions. This not only positioned it as the second-largest day for inscription mints but also indicated that 68.11% of the day’s transfers were inscriptions, while the remaining 31.89% comprised financial transactions.

This influx of transactions has led to a backlog of unconfirmed transactions in the mempool. At present, over 219,000 transfers await miner confirmation. To alleviate this backlog, 319 blocks, or 564 megabytes of block space, need to be processed. Currently, a high-priority onchain fee is priced at $6.81 per transfer, while a low-priority transaction costs approximately $1.28 per transfer.

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