Data reveals a milestone in the Bitcoin blockchain, with a tally of 40 million Ordinal inscriptions etched into its ledger. Inscription records were shattered on November 12, 2023, when a daily peak saw 505,345 inscriptions created in a single day. This burst of activity propelled Bitcoin to new heights, with the day marking a new peak for daily transactions, ranking second only to the highest day on record for miner-confirmed transactions within a 24-hour timeframe.
Record-Breaking Inscription Mint Drives Bitcoin to Second-Biggest Transaction Day
After a period of quiet since mid-September, Ordinal inscriptions have seen a significant revival. On Sunday, November 12, 2023, the Bitcoin network witnessed a historic 505,345 inscriptions being minted — the largest number in a single day since the inception of Ordinals in December 2022. This spike in inscriptions correspondingly elevated Bitcoin’s daily transaction rate to 703,327 confirmed transactions over a 24-hour period.
This processed volume is only surpassed by the record set on September 15, 2023, when miners validated a slightly higher total of 703,692 transactions. The inscription record coupled with the 703,327 rate on Sunday indicates that inscriptions accounted for 71.85% of yesterday’s block space. Transaction fees for high-priority actions have fallen to $4.28 each as of Monday, November 13, 2023, yet the mempool remains congested with over 200,000 unconfirmed transactions.
Following a groundbreaking Sunday, the Ordinal inscriptions continued to hit new benchmarks, vaulting past the 40 million mark. Miners have reaped the benefits, collecting 2,438 BTC, which translates to upwards of $90 million, for their role in confirming inscriptions. In the last month, the tradable inscription token, the BRC20-based ORDI coin, has soared by 545% against the U.S. dollar. The surge places ORDI’s market value at $434 million, ranking it 112th among the 10,900 cryptocurrencies in circulation.
The sales rankings for Bitcoin’s non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have also experienced a significant rise, securing the position just below Ethereum in the NFT sales hierarchy. Ethereum led the pack with $103 million in NFT sales over the last week, but Bitcoin closely trailed with a $92.92 million haul, as reported by cryptoslam.io’s market data. Over the previous seven days, Bitcoin’s NFT sales have jumped by 246%, with the “$SATS BRC-20 NFTs” claiming the title of the top-selling collection for the week.
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