The Central American nation of El Salvador entered into the pages of history as the first country to officially adopt bitcoin as a legal tender on June 9, 2021.
Subsequently, the country went on a bitcoin buying spree, taking advantage of every opportunity to acquire more of the popular “digital gold” since it considers it a hedge against the consequences of inflation.
A Breakdown of El Salvador’s Bitcoin Purchases
El Salvador has made a total of eight BTC purchases to date, and about half of them were made in September alone.
The country made its first purchase of 200 BTC worth $9.34 million on Sept. 6, 2021, just a day before its Bitcoin Law took effect. It was followed immediately by another one of 200 BTC worth $9.36 million on the same day.
The third one took place on Sept. 7, 2021, which saw El Salvador add 150 BTC worth $6.94 million to its portfolio. On Sept. 19, the country added another 150 BTC worth $6.46 million.
In October, El Salvador made its biggest and most expensive purchase when it bought 420 BTC worth $24.69 million. On Black Friday, the country made another worth $5.42 million (100 BTC).
On Dec. 3, president Bukele updated about another accumulation of 150 BTC worth $7.3 million. The final 2021 purchase came on Dec. 21, adding 21 BTC.
Current Value of El Salvador’s Bitcoin
With the current state of the crypto market, here’s how much El Salvador’s bitcoin stash is worth.
The country spent a whopping $70,561,800 on its Bitcoin investments, with its total holdings currently sitting at 1,391 BTC.
As outlined by popular cryptocurrency commentator Cobie, El Salvador’s entire BTC stash is now worth just over $60 million. This means that the nation is currently down on its bitcoin initiative by more than $10 million.
The El Salvador buys are not actually that bad actually
I mean every single buy is under water, but they’re only down ~$11m in total (70.5m invested and just below 60m portfolio now)
Do wonder if they keep bidding or ever sell any of this stuff pic.twitter.com/P6Ib23Ch0U
— Cobie (@cobie) January 7, 2022
Nonetheless, El Salvador is still bullish about the cryptocurrency and has started several projects following its Bitcoin adoption. These include building a pet hospital, constructing 20 new schools, mining bitcoin with a volcano, and building a Bitcoin city, all of which are powered by BTC.
Earlier in June, the country’s president, Nayib Bukele, pointed out that the adoption decision was a “forward-thinking” one.
Now the big question is, will El Salvador maintain diamond hands, or will it be selling some of its BTC holdings? Only time will tell.