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Bitcoin is the world's first and largest cryptocurrency.

The invention of the blockchain by Bitcoin's creator Satoshi Nakamoto allowed for a public ledger to be kept on the Internet for the first time without any central bank or trusted authority.

The Bitcoin whitepaper was released on October 31, 2008, and detailed its "proof of work" innovation allowing for decentralized consensus.

Bitcoin's genesis block was on January 3rd, 2009.