As Bitcoin Pizza Day approaches, the Bitcoin community finds itself embroiled in a spirited discussion surrounding one of the earliest Bitcoin transactions, speculating whether it involved the purchase of a mere JPEG.
Bitcoin Pizza Day, commemorated on May 22, marks the historic moment when Bitcoin (BTC) was first utilized for a commercial transaction. However, the Twitterverse is currently abuzz with a screenshot from a Bitcoin forum, fueling speculation and curiosity among enthusiasts.
The screenshot in question reveals an intriguing proposal made by a user named Sabunir back in January 2010. Eager to experiment with Bitcoin transactions, Sabunir expressed his willingness to sell a desktop wallpaper for a staggering 500 BTC, valued at approximately $5 at the time.
In his post, Sabunir provided explicit instructions for interested buyers, stating that upon sending the coins, they should send him a Private Message specifying the time of the transaction. In response, Sabunir promised to reply with a link to the coveted image, which he described as his own creation with a resolution of 1280×960, perfect for desktop backgrounds.
Adding an unexpected twist to the tale, none other than Satoshi Nakamoto, the enigmatic creator of Bitcoin, chimed in on the forum to facilitate the trade. This revelation has only deepened the intrigue surrounding the transaction’s true nature and purpose.
Despite Sabunir’s initial enthusiasm, his offer failed to garner substantial interest after a month had passed. On February 9, 2010, a forum user by the name of SmokeTooMuch bluntly expressed disinterest in spending money on the wallpaper, causing Sabunir to question the viability of future attempts.
However, on February 24, 2010, Sabunir’s Bitcoin wallet received not one, but two transactions: one for 100 BTC and another for the astonishing sum of 500 BTC.
This turn of events has ignited a lively debate within the community. Some argue that these transactions could signify the sale of the aforementioned JPEG, potentially predating the infamous Bitcoin transaction involving 10,000 BTC exchanged for two pizzas.
Nevertheless, dissenting voices suggest that these transactions might have been donations rather than purchases. Adding fuel to the fire, a Twitter user claims that the initial transaction of 100 BTC was received a mere seven minutes prior to the request for donations.
Amidst the fervent discussion and speculation, it appears that only Sabunir holds the key to clarifying the nature of this widely debated Bitcoin transaction. Until then, the Bitcoin community eagerly awaits his input, hoping to unravel this intriguing mystery.
In other Bitcoin-related news, it is worth noting that over 6.8 million Bitcoin Ordinals Inscriptions have been minted to date, as reported by a Dune dashboard. This innovative technology allows for the inscription of various data formats, including text, audio, and video, onto Satoshis, the smallest unit of BTC. This groundbreaking approach adds a unique and personalized touch to individual Satoshis.