I am sure this question has been answered somewhere, but most searching comes up with "how blockchain works" and other unrelated results. I am trying to verify my understanding of the theoretical end of minting new coins.
Is my understanding correct that coin minting and difficulty levels are not coupled? In other words, the difficultly level changes according to hash power, while the coin minting schedule decreases in a hard-coded way. Such that, in the end, no new coins can be minted but block difficulty would remain proportionate to hashing power of the network.
I think this is right but need to confirm before educating others about this scenario.