Every year, people across the globe celebrate Bitcoin Pizza Day on May 22. This day is important among crypto enthusiasts as Bitcoin, the world’s oldest and most valued crypto, was used for the first time to purchase a real-world product. Cryptocurrency fans call it ‘Bitcoin Pizza Day’ as Floridian programmer Laszlo Hanyecz had paid 10,000 Bitcoins to have two Papa John’s pizzas delivered to him on May 22, 2010. Simply put, pizza was the first real-world item to be bought using Bitcoin. In this explainer, let us try to understand its history and significance, and also take a quick look at what industry experts have to say on this.
Bitcoin Pizza Day: History
The first instance of Bitcoin halving took place in 2012 and just after that, on May 18 that year, Hanyecz announced on the Bitcointalk.org forum that he wished to purchase two large pizzas using Bitcoins. He announced offering 10,000 Bitcoins to anyone who was willing to order, collect, and deliver them to him personally.
The pizzas did get delivered to him, however, the identity of the person who accepted Hanyecz’s remained a secret for a long time. Later on, it was found that 19-year-old Jeremy Sturdivant was the one who accepted the order, purchased the pizzas from Papa John’s and got them delivered to Hanyecz.
During a 2019 interview with CBS, Hanyecz said, “The transaction made [Bitcoin] real for some people. It certainly did for me.”
To honour the day, the global crypto community commemorates May 22 each year as ‘Bitcoin Pizza Day’.
How Much Could The Two Pizzas Be Worth Today?
Back on May 22, 2010, the two pizzas were worth 10,000 Bitcoins, or roughly at around $41. Notably, the value of the two pizzas increased to a whopping $2.4 million in 2015, and eventually, the price of each Bitcoin reached around $63,000 per token in 2021. If we consider that, those two Papa John’s pizzas are today worth around $630 million.
Bitcoin Pizza Day: Reactions From Crypto Community
Mudrex CEO and co-founder Edul Patel told ABP Live, “Bitcoin Pizza Day symbolises the incredible journey of cryptocurrencies, from a humble transaction to a global phenomenon. It reminds us of the immense growth potential and transformative power of digital assets in shaping the future of finance.”
Ashish Singhal, the CEO and co-founder of CoinSwitch, said, “The first-ever recorded Bitcoin transaction may have seemed like a small step at the time, but it was a giant leap for crypto. On May 22, two seemingly unrelated worlds collided in a delicious and exciting celebration that has taken the world of crypto by storm. Who would have thought that pizza and Bitcoin could create such a buzz?”
WazirX Vice President Rajagopal Menon said, “Bitcoin Pizza Day commemorates the momentous purchase of two pizzas for 10,000 Bitcoin. This single transaction transformed Bitcoin from ‘magic Internet money’ to something that has value. It is a yearly reminder of the transformative power and unforeseen implications of blockchain technology.”
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