Bitcoin's Price is Inching Back Up Toward its 2016 High

Bitcoin prices moved back toward annual highs on 7th December, coming within 2% of the $781.31 it reached in June 2016.

AccessTimeIconDec 8, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 1:58 p.m. UTC

Bitcoin prices rose on 7th December, once again moving toward their 2016 annual highs.

At press time, the price of bitcoin was up again around the $770-mark, a development that may be surprising given the news a major startup, Circle Internet Financial, would no longer provide customers with the ability to buy and sell the digital currency.

The announcement, made yesterday through The Wall Street Journal, has so far had little effect on the digital currency.

Bitcoin prices reached $768.32 at 20:15 UTC yesterday, coming within roughly 1.3% of the June annual high of $781.31, according to CoinDesk’s USD Bitcoin Price Index (BPI).

Even after rising to this daily high of near $770, bitcoin fell short of the five-month high of $778.14 reached 2nd December.

Circle had generated significant visibility for being one of the best-funded early bitcoin startups, raising $136m.

In June, the startup raised $60 million through a Series D funding round, a development that coincided with Circle announcing the creation of its China-based subsidiary, Circle China.

The firm has now said it will focus on a new proprietary blockchain-based protocol called Spark, an unreleased technology that will use bitcoin to move money across borders.

Biplane image via Shutterstock


Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.

Learn more about Consensus 2024, CoinDesk’s longest-running and most influential event that brings together all sides of crypto, blockchain and Web3. Head to to register and buy your pass now.