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Bitcoin transaction worth $500M cost $0.80 in fees

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The Bitcoin network facilitated a transaction worth over $500 million on Oct. 27, transferring around 24,530 BTC. The entire transaction was sent, processed, and confirmed for a fee of just $0.83.

According to data from mempool.space, the 24.5 sat/vB fee was significantly overpaid, as only around 10 sat/vB would have been enough to include the transaction in the ongoing block. The transaction was confirmed and executed within minutes, the data showed.

CryptoSlate analysis showed that the $500 million transaction, while certainly an outlier in terms of value, follows an ongoing trend of higher number and volume of transactions on the Bitcoin network.

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Graph showing the total amount of coins waiting in the Bitcoin mempool (Source: Glassnode)

The end of October brought on a significant spike in the total number of transactions waiting in the Bitcoin mempool and the total amount of coins waiting to be sent.

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Graph showing the total number of transactions waiting in the Bitcoin mempool (Source: Glassnode)

The cost of sending the $500 million transaction stands as a stark reminder of the speed and efficiency of the Bitcoin network. If such a transaction was sent through the SWIFT network, banks facilitating the transaction would have taken a 3% to 5% exchange rate fee on top of a standard transaction fee.

A standard SWIFT transaction takes up to four working days to complete. A 3% exchange rate fee on a $500 million transaction is $15 million.

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