Bitcoin miners added a symbolic message to the last block before the halving. It draws a parallel between the current economic situation and the global financial crisis of 2008.
The last block with the 12.5 BTC award was # 629999, extracted by the F2Pool pool. To perpetuate this event, the miners added a short text message to the coinbase transaction:
“Having poured in $2.3 trillion, the federal plan [on the rescue of the economy] much more exceeded 2008”.
So the miners quoted the April 9, 2020, headline of the New York Times. The paper compared the current global crisis to the events of 2008.
Adding that message to the bloc, the miners also paid tribute to Satoshi Nakamoto. On January 3, 2009, the creator of Bitcoin left a similar message in the zero block:
“The Chancellor is ready to help banks again,” reads the headline of the British newspaper The Times on January 3, 2009.
Bitcoin was created at the height of the 2008 crisis. At that time, Governments allocated huge amounts of money to help the affected enterprises by resorting to a “printing press.”
Now, 12 years later, the situation is repeating itself on a new scale, and the need for Bitcoin is becoming even more obvious.
Recall, the halving of Bitcoin took place on the evening of May 11.