The cryptocurrency was created by an anonymous group in 2009 and was later named after the inventor of Bitcoin.
Its creator, Satoshi Nakatani, has said that he never imagined his invention would have such a lasting effect on the world.
“It’s like having a big heart and thinking of how you’re going to help someone,” he said in a 2013 TED Talk.
“If I had been thinking of this from the beginning, I would have thought about this as an internet thing that can solve problems and get things done, but I’m not that person.”
“And that’s why, if I had known this was going to be so big, I wouldn’t have had time to think about it.
I would’ve just been thinking about how to use it to get my point across.”
Crypto Coins has had its fair share of critics over the years, including one in particular who described it as “a big scam”.
But the currency has had an even bigger hit this year with the launch of bitcoin futures, allowing investors to trade the digital currency for cash in the hope of making more in a single transaction.
Bitcoin was also among the first cryptocurrencies to receive mainstream attention from mainstream investors after its price rose above $1,000 in 2017.
The digital currency has been growing at a rapid rate, reaching $1.6 billion at the start of 2018 and overtaking other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum in the second half of that year.