El Salvador Purchases 80 Additional Bitcoin at $19K, President Bukele Says

The last purchase by the Central American country had been in May.

AccessTimeIconJul 1, 2022 at 1:41 a.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 5:34 p.m. UTC
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El Salvador purchased 80 more bitcoin (BTC) at $19,000 each, President Nayib Bukele said on Thursday.

  • “Bitcoin is the future. Thank you for selling cheap,” Bukele tweeted, and accompanied the text with screenshots of 40 purchases made on Thursday that totaled $1.52 million.
  • El Salvador's last bitcoin purchase was in May, according to Bukele, when the Central American country acquired 500 coins for a total of $15.3 million, at a price of $30,744 each.
  • According to CoinDesk data based on Bukele's announcements, El Salvador is 55.03% down on its bitcoin bet. From September to date, the country has acquired 2,301 coins for a total of $103.9 million, but its portfolio is currently worth $46.6 million.
  • In May, El Salvador Finance Minister Alejandro Zelaya said the bitcoin amount the country had at that time represented less than 0.5% of its annual budget, adding that the bitcoin losses posed “extremely minimal” risk to the country’s fiscal position.

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Andrés Engler

Andrés Engler was a CoinDesk editor based in Argentina, where he covers the Latin American crypto ecosystem. He holds BTC and ETH.


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