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How many bitcoins will there eventually be?

Since bitcoins are being regularly rewarded to miners, will the number of bitcoins continue to grow indefinitely, or will there be a maximum total number of bitcoins in existence? And if there is ...
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Why do people call changed digits in the blockchain a coin or money? How can changed digits constitute an actual item? [duplicate]

The same as all other cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin is just a fancy name for changed digits in a publicly distributed database called the blockchain. It is obvious that NOTHING can appear or disappear by ...
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Where do these coins gain their value?

I have been mining coins for a long time (started with BTC/LTC years ago, moved to altcoins recently) and have realized I am not clear on the actual source of the value. Do the exchanges deem the ...
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If Bitcoins aren't tied to a conventional currency, how did they get so valuable? [duplicate]

I would appreciate it if someone could provide me with some insightful information.
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How bitcoin gets monetary value [duplicate]

This looks like a complex thing but I am trying hard to understand it. Why would any one in the world honor a crypto currency till it is backed by a government with monetary value? How does a crypto ...
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If cryptocurrencies have no intrinsic value, how do they originate?

In theory, anyone could create an infinite quantity of their own cryptocurrency right now. However, if you were to do this, it would have no value and, thus, it would be useless. Since value comes ...
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I am new to Bitcoin, how can I get started?

I am new to both StackExchange and to the new online currency called Bitcoin. I understand what Bitcoin is and how it works, but I was wondering: how do you actually get started with Bitcoin? I have ...
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Who issues bitcoins and how?

I can't find information on who actually issues the bitcoins. I understand that miners generate new bitcoins but what party is responsible for issuance?
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Can bitcoins be counterfeited?

Traditional currencies have anti-counterfeiting features designed to make them hard to copy, but despite this attempt counterfeit money is a real threat. Since bitcoins are digital, it's trivial to ...
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Why did the price of bitcoin increase so dramatically?

I read this question on money.stackexchange, in which a user asks how to tax the speculation gain they (involuntarily) made. This guy (or girl) bought BTC for a few hundred USD a few years ago, lost ...
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Why did Bitcoin first start to gain economic value?

I am really having difficulty answering this: Why does a bitcoin have an economic value, such that there are people willing to trade US$ (or any other traditional currency) for these virtual ...
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1answer
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How can't a malicious attacker generate bitcoins on his private network?

I'm new to the cryptocurrencies world and I'm trying to understand how all this stuff works, so expect a really noob question. Suppose there's a user which generates a number of addresses and sets ...
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Where do the dollars go?

This question seems to me to be such an obvious question, that it must be answered somewhere. As I understand it is necessary to buy bitcoins using dollars or some other currency. Where do those ...
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What is the cost of setting up a bitcoin account

does it 'cost' anything to set up an account? If bitcoins are virtual, why/how does an exchange rate work?
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Can anyone give an explaination of what exactly a Bitcoin is and where it derives its value from?

I really just want to grasp how a bitcoin actually is something of value? and how a string of characters equate into something that is worth dollars?

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