Your bitcoin might be worth more than you think!

Ordinal Labs
3 min readJul 4, 2023
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A Deep Dive into Special Satoshis and how you can find them!

In the last decade, Bitcoin has transformed from a fringe technology into a global financial phenomenon. Bitcoin’s inherent properties, such as its limited supply and decentralized nature, have attracted a myriad of users globally, pushing the price upwards significantly. But, did you know your Bitcoin might be worth more than you think? Not because of speculation or market movements, but due to the intrinsic properties of the individual satoshis — named after Bitcoin’s anonymous creator, Satoshi Nakamoto — that make up your Bitcoin.

Understanding Special Satoshis

In the Bitcoin network, each Bitcoin is divisible into 100 million satoshis, commonly referred to as ‘sats.’ These smallest units of Bitcoin are typically treated uniformly. However, with the advent of Ordinal Theory, proposed by Casey Rodarmor, a new layer of appreciation for these humble units has emerged. Ordinal Theory assigns a unique “ordinal” number to each satoshi based on the order they are mined.

What makes this interesting is that certain sats are considered “special” due to their historical significance, uniqueness, or the events they are associated with, making them potentially more valuable than ‘regular’ satoshis. This uniqueness could stem from being the first satoshi of a block (“Uncommon”), a difficulty adjustment (“Rare”), a halving (“Epic”), or a cycle (“Legendary”). This phenomenon is akin to the world of numismatics, where coins minted in specific years or containing misprints hold higher value than their face value.

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Introducing SatScanner: Your Tool for Unearthing Hidden Treasures

To assist Bitcoin users in identifying and valuing these special satoshis, OrdinalHub has introduced SatScanner, a tool that analyzes a wallet address and sifts through the Bitcoin UTXOs (Unspent Transaction Outputs) to find any special satoshis that you may unknowingly own.

Currently, SatScanner is in its alpha stage and is available to badge holders. The tool starts by identifying “Uncommon”, “Rare”, and “Epic” sats, with future updates set to add other types of sats.

Satscanner from Ordinalhub.com

The process of using SatScanner is fairly straightforward:

  1. Visit OrdinalHub.com

2. Enter your public Bitcoin address (it doesn’t necessarily have to be a Taproot address).

3. SatScanner then examines your UTXOs.

4. The tool will either find no special sats (currently the most likely) or it will identify special satoshis!

Is Your Bitcoin Worth More Than You Think?

With this perspective, it’s possible that your Bitcoin could be worth more than you think. Bitcoin’s fungibility means that while each satoshi is equivalent in terms of its purchasing power, certain satoshis can still carry a premium due to their uniqueness or historical significance. This premium could arise due to their association with particular events or the ability to inscribe these sats with data or art, which can elevate their rarity and perceived value.

The Road Ahead

As the OrdinalHub team continues to develop SatScanner, the goal is to automate the extraction of these special sats. This will ensure that you can securely store them in a separate wallet, preventing accidental spending of these potentially valuable units.

While SatScanner and the concept of special satoshis are still in their early stages, they represent a fascinating evolution of the Bitcoin ecosystem. They challenge our perception of Bitcoin’s fungibility and add another layer of richness to Bitcoin’s already complex and multifaceted nature.

So, perhaps it’s time to have a go and find out; Is your Bitcoin worth more than you think?

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Disclaimer: This article aims to provide an educational overview of the concept of special satoshis and is not financial advice. Always perform your own research and consult with a financial advisor before making investment decisions.

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