Guinness World Records Awards Bitcoin as First Decentralized Cryptocurrency

By Julia Cook
Published Oct 19th, 2022
Updated Jul 10th, 2024
Guinness World Records Awards Bitcoin as First Decentralized Cryptocurrency

Guinness World Records has recognized Bitcoin’s contribution to the crypto space as the First Decentralized Cryptocurrency following its creation by Satoshi Nakamoto on January 3, 2009.

This award marks the second from Guinness World Records the coin has picked up, with Bitcoin also boasting the recorded as the ‘Oldest cryptocurrency’.

Guinness World Records have now many blockchain and cryptocurrency-based records added to their world-famous archives. Other contributions include ‘First NFT’, awarded to Quantum which was minted in 2014, as well as ‘Most expensive NFT artwork (limited edition)awarded to EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS” by digital artist Beeple.

Some more unpleasant entries include the ‘First seizure of cryptocurrency’ and the ‘Largest cryptocurrency hack’.

This is just another indicator of how mainstream cryptocurrency is becoming that even mediums that are generally concerned with ‘real-world’ information are taking note of the accomplishments of the more nuanced and niche segments of the digital space.

Other Bitcoin awards considerations

With the news of Bitcoin’s award we decided to brainstorm some other award categories that would suit Bitcoin.

  • First country to accept BTC as legal tender – El Salvador in 2021.
  • First person to receive a BTC transaction – Harold Finney when he received 10 BTC from Satoshi Nakamoto.
  • First BTC payment – When Laszlo Hanyecz bought two Papa John’s pizzas for 10,000 BTC in 2010
  • Last Bitcoin mined – This award can be handed out in 2140 when the last Bitcoin is set to be mined.


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