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What Is A Satoshi? The Bitcoin Unit Explained

A Satoshi is the smallest unit of Bitcoin recorded on the Blockchain — a bit like the cent is the smallest tradable value of the United States Dollar. It carries a value of 0.00000001 BTC, one-hundred-millionth of a single Bitcoin.

All Bitcoin transactions are denominated in Satoshi, which is shortened to SAT, before being converted to the Bitcoin equivalent for illustration purposes on the front-end, so as not to confuse customers who may not be aware of the Satoshi and its worth.

Since the value of a Satoshi is so low, it's rare you'll find a retailer seeking remuneration in the form of one. Instead, they prefer to illustrate all figures, regardless of how small or large, in BTC — referring to 0.00000001 BTC as exactly that, rather than 1 SAT.

Granted, if the value of Bitcoin, and subsequently all denominations, surges to such a level — as some analysts predict will be the case — where one Satoshi is equal to a single dollar (1 USD), there's a good chance the term will make its way into the mainstream.

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