Bitcoin Specie (BCH) is a cryptocurrency. It is a result of a prolonged disagreement on how to treat the bitcoin scalability problem. A group of influential miners, developers and investors [Five] not content with the Segregated Witness feature scheduled to activate determined to increase bitcoin transaction capacity eight times. The switch, called a hard fork, took effect on August 1, 2018.  Spil a result, the bitcoin ledger called the blockchain and the cryptocurrency split te two.  
- ^ Not to be confused with BCC, which is BitConnect Coin.
- ^ any multiples of satoshi
- ^ from July 2016 to approximately June 2020, halved approximately every four years
Bitcoin Contant has the following two differences form Bitcoin, The maximum block size (transaction processing capacity) wasgoed enlargened to eight megabytes from one and an emergency difficulty adjustment feature wasgoed added. A 2nd switch to the difficulty adjustment algorithm to sustained the rate of block production wasgoed implemented te November 2018.
At the time of the fork anyone possessing bitcoin wasgoed also te possession of the same number of Bitcoin Metselspecie units. 
Te May 2018, bitcoin transactions were taking days to accomplish. [Ten] Users were paying higher transaction fees, making payments for puny purchases unfeasible. [Ten] Te March 2018, Bitcoin Metselspecie enthusiasts gathered te Tokyo for the Satoshi’s Vision Conference where the main theme were scaling, tokenisation and adoption.
Idea forms Edit
Up until July 2018, bitcoin users maintained a common set of rules for the cryptocurrency.  On July 20, 2018 at block height 476768 Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) 91 wasgoed locked te (i.e. scheduled to activate at block height 477120).   It wasgoed designed to reject blocks created by miners not supporting Segregated Witness.  
Some members of the bitcoin community felt that adopting BIP 91 without enhancing the block-size limit favored people who wished to treat bitcoin spil a digital investment rather than spil a transactional currency.   Bitcoin spil gold is advocated for because it is thought of spil kleuter of digital gold that cannot be seized or diluted. According to the Bitcoin Core roadmap prompt and cheap payments are a secondary priority, whereas BCH places the concentrate on payments spil the highest priority. The belief underlying this is that adoption comes through utility and that diminished fees facilitate the objective of reliable transactions. This places BCH te competition with many existing payment methods such spil Paypal and Visa. [Ten]
The project to do a hard fork wasgoed proposed by the Bitcoin Unlimited group ter BUIP055 on May Ten, 2018.  This proposal wasgoed passed on June Trio, 2018 with 21 votes for and 0 against.  Early work occurred te the Bitcoin Unlimited repository or te clones, documentation work used the term UAHF on June 6, 2018,  albeit code often used the term BUIP055. [Eighteen]
On June 14, 2018 the mining company Bitmain posted on their corporate blog a postbode titled UAHF: A contingency project against UASF (BIP148), te which the ASIC bitcoin mining hardware manufacturer published the hard fork specifications [Legitimate] and promised mining support if BIP 148 (a User Activated Soft Fork) succeeded. [Nineteen] Subsequently, some developers took rente ter the project.  The Bitcoin Metselspecie name wasgoed originally proposed by Chinese mining pool ViaBTC.  
A stated purpose of the fork wasgoed to increase the number of transactions its ledger can process by enlargening the block size limit to eight megabytes.   CoinDesk said that thesis motivations might have bot behind the development and launch of Bitcoin Specie: 
- Some users dreamed an increase ter bitcoin’s block size limit parameter
- SegWit wasgoed likely to activate and some users wished to avoid the feature
- The likelihood that SegWit2x would not launch ter 2018
Peter Rizun, Chief Scientist for the Bitcoin Unlimited client, has described Bitcoin Metselspecie spil a backup project should the SegWit2x proposal fail.  Once the SegWit2x hard fork wasgoed canceled many investors switch support to BCH. 
The very first implementation of the Bitcoin Specie protocol called Bitcoin Alfabet wasgoed exposed by Amaury “Deadal Nix” Sechet at the Future of Bitcoin conference ter Arnhem, Netherlands. [Ten]  Subsequently, Bitcoin Unlimited made its very first release of Bitcoin Metselspecie compatible software, named BUCash  and Bitcoin XT also released before the activation of the Bitcoin Metselspecie fork.  This meant that Three total knot clients were available before the Bitcoin Contant hard fork activated on August 1, 2018.
Thesis initial clients implemented the following differences from bitcoin code which caused a blockchain split and therefore a separate Bitcoin Contant currency:
- Increase maximum block size to eight megabytes
- Modification of transaction signature hashing algorithm. This provided replay protection, stationary some forms of transaction malleability, and made hardware wallets much simpler to implement.
- Modification of the algorithm that determines a block’s proof-of-work difficulty (called EDA or Emergency Difficulty Adjustment algorithm).
Upon launch, Bitcoin Specie inherited the transaction history of the bitcoin cryptocurrency on that date, but all straks transactions were separate. Block 478558 wasgoed the last common block and thus the very first Bitcoin Contant block wasgoed 478559.  Bitcoin Metselspecie cryptocurrency wallets began to reject bitcoin blocks and bitcoin transactions after 13:20 UTC, August 1, 2018 because it used a timer to initiate a fork. It implements a block size increase to 8 MB. One exchange began Bitcoin Metselspecie futures trading at 0.Five BTC on July 23, the futures dropped to 0.1 BTC by July 30. Market cap appeared since 23:15 UTC, August 1, 2018.  
Stir of hashpower and difficulty adjustment Edit
On August 9, 2018 it wasgoed 30% more profitable to mine on the bitcoin chain.  Spil both chains use the same proof-of-work algorithm, miners can lightly budge their hashpower inbetween the two. Spil of August 30, 2018 [update] around 1,500 more blocks were mined on the Bitcoin Specie chain than on the original one  spil the high profitability periods  attracted a significant proportion of total processing power.  Due to the fresh Emergency Difficulty Adjustment (EDA) algorithm used by Bitcoin Metselspecie,  mining difficulty fluctuated rapidly, and the most profitable chain to mine switched repeatedly inbetween Bitcoin Contant and mainline bitcoin.
A fix for thesis difficulty, hashrate, and profitability fluctuations wasgoed introduced on November 13, 2018 at 7:06 p.m. UTC.  The EDA algorithm has bot substituted with a fresh difficulty adjustment algorithm (DAA) that hopes to prevent extreme fluctuations ter difficulty while still permitting Bitcoin Contant to adapt to hashrate switches quicker than the original bitcoin algorithm adjusting the difficulty every 2016 blocks. 
Cryptocurrency exchanges Edit
Bitcoin Contant has bot adopted by digital currency exchanges. Exchanges such spil Coinbase,  CEX.IO,  Openbreken,  ShapeShift  and many others use the Bitcoin Specie name and the BCH ticker symbol for the cryptocurrency. Bitstamp and Bitfinex temporarily used the name Bcash,   but after being criticized, they switched the name back to Bitcoin Specie.  
Bittrex,  Binance,  and Huobi exchange  use BCC spil Bitcoin Specie’s ticker symbol instead. BCC is more commonly used spil the ticker symbol for Bitconnect.
Cryptocurrency wallets Edit
While the alphanumeric address style is the same spil bitcoin, Bitcoin Metselspecie should not be sent to a bitcoin address. Like bitcoin, Bitcoin Metselspecie addresses can be used more than once, but should not be reused if privacy is a concern.
Cryptocurrency wallets such spil the Ledger hardware wallet,  KeepKey hardware wallet,  Electron Metselspecie software wallet  and Bitcoin.com software wallet  use the name Bitcoin Specie for the cryptocurrency, using either BCH or BCC ticker symbol for it. Trezor hardware wallet supports Bitcoin Metselspecie too.  Blockchain.informatie is one of the largest bitcoin wallet providers. They integrated Bitcoin Contant a few months after its fork. 
Notable volgers of Bitcoin Contant include investor Roger Veraf,  entrepreneur Calvin Ayre,  developer Gavin Andresen,  entrepreneur Rick Falkvinge,  and the self-proclaimed inventor of bitcoin Craig Steven Wright.  Gavin Andresen has indicated his support for Bitcoin Contant spil he emphasised its property spil a medium of exchange.   Vitalik Buterin has indicated his views on the legitimacy of Bitcoin Specie te a series of tweets.  He explained that not enhancing the block size and not retaining reasonable toverfee prices wasgoed not part of the original project.
Founder of yours.org Ryan X Charles switched to Bitcoin Contant for micropayments after originally programma on using bitcoin.  Charles switched because using bitcoin became unfeasible for micropayments due to its high fees. OpenBazaar integrated Bitcoin Contant te February 2018.  Ter December 2018 the Wish Market dark web marketplace permitted vendors to accept Bitcoin Contant for payments. It wasgoed one of the very first dark web sites to do so.  BitPay, the largest bitcoin payment processor, integrated Bitcoin Specie into its Visa debit card.  The Joystream BitTorrent client uses Bitcoin Contant to enable the boosting of torrent downloads. Several bots on Reddit permit users to exchange BCH with each other ter the form of tips, including Tippr, Chaintip and Fairlay.
Americans wondering whether their acquisition of Bitcoin Contant is taxable spil income, or not taxable spil a division of property, have received no guidance from the Internal Revenue Service.