Just to the top right of this article you can see the value of bitcoin today according to bitcoinaverage.com, which averages the price of bitcoin from all major bitcoin exchanges worldwide. If you would like to speculate on the future price, you can buy or sell bitcoin locally at localbitcoins. See our review of local bitcoins here.
As this site is all about spending bitcoins, we are cataloging some of the major bitcoin value benchmarks in history below:
22 May, 2010 – First recorded bitcoin purchase — 10,000 bitcoins for two pizzas. At $25 for the two pizzas, this makes bitcoin worth $0.0025 at the time.
November, 2011 – SpendBitcoins founder buys his first bitcoins at $0.24 apiece.
May, 2011 – SpendBitcoins goes online. Bitcoin trading at $6.62 each.
July, 2011 – Bitcoin tops out at $31. Mt Gox is hacked, goes offline for more than a week, reopens at $17.
December 2011 – Bitcoin hits low of $2 from the downward trend begun after the $31 high.
April, 2013 – New all time high of $266 hit before settling at around $130 in May.
November 2013 – As China rapidly enters the bitcoin market, a high of $1250, approximate parity with gold, is reached.
December 2013 – China passes new regulations making bitcoin trading much more difficult, bitcoin falls to as low as $500.
July 2014 – Many popular online merchants including NewEgg, Overstock and 1800flowers begin accepting bitcoin during 2014. Price bounces back and forth, with some dips and spikes, but generally between $500 and $600.