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Bitcoin Miners Posted $354M in Revenue Last Week, Breaking Record From 2017

Last week’s mining revenue eclipsed the previous record set in mid December 2017.

Weekly bitcoin mining revenue estimates since 2017

Feb 15, 2021 at 1:44 p.m. UTC

Bitcoin miners set a new record for weekly revenue after bringing in $354.4 million last week.

  • Mining revenue growth was helped by the leading cryptocurrency’s performance last week following a string of positive developments, culminating in bitcoin hitting new record highs over the weekend just below $50,000.
  • “Despite decreasing block reward, mining revenue on a USD basis has trended upwards,” said Ethan Vera, co-founder of Seattle-based mining company Luxor Technology, in a direct message with CoinDesk. “This is encouraging for the long term prospects of Bitcoin’s security and continued investments over the next few halving.”
  • Weekly revenue eclipsed the previous record of $340 million set in mid-December 2017 near the peak of bitcoin’s prior bullish market cycle. CoinDesk revenue estimates based on network fees and block subsidy data from Coin Metrics assume miners sell their bitcoins immediately.
  • Over 15% of the week’s revenue was from network fees, continuing a trend of strong growth in fee-based revenue from May 2020, per CoinDesk’s prior reporting.
  • “Our miners are incredibly bullish on the future of mining,” Vera told CoinDesk. “January and February 2021 have been record months for most of them, and they are taking all of their profits and reinvesting it back into their business to grow future hashrate.”

Weekly bitcoin mining revenue estimates since 2017
Source: Coin Metrics, CoinDesk Research

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