So what if Mt.Gox isn’t really the de facto Bitcoin exchange anymore? That isn’t stopping traders on the Japan-based exchange from pricing the digital currency from most other exchanges.
Today, the price per Bitcoin has passed $500 USD — yet another milestone in a year filled with ups and downs (but mostly ups). Meanwhile at Bitstamp (which is looking to become the next Mt.Gox in terms of becomes a de facto exchange), the price is about $466.
The real test, as you’re well aware, will be if the price can keep it up. For weeks now people have been saying that we’re in some sort of bubble — but that bubble has yet to burst.
In other — but similar — news, we’ve now reached a point where 12 million Bitcoins have been mined. That’s over half of all Bitcoins that exist (about 21 million).