El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele confirmed via Twitter Wednesday evening that the Latin American nation has bought the “Bitcoin price dip,” exchanging dollars for Bitcoin at a time he believes it remains undervalued by the global market.
On September 6, the day before Bitcoin was officially declared legal tender in El Salvador, the president announced that the country bought its first 400 BTC in two separate purchases, saying he planned on buying “a lot more” with government funds. With that historic announcement, El Salvador became the first country in the world to publicly put Bitcoin on its balance sheet.
Bitcoin was declared legal tender in El Salvador the next day. Its price declined from around $51,000 down to $43,000 when President Nayib Bukele announced again that El Salvador had bought the dip. Bringing the country’s total Bitcoin reserves from 400 to 550 BTC.
Another price dip purchase on 20 September brought El Salvador’s Bitcoin reserves from 550 to 700 BTC worth about $42,851,060 at the time of writing. Wednesday’s purchase of 420 BTC brought the nation’s total Bitcoin reserves to 1120 BTC, increasing their stack’s worth to $68,561,696 at the time of writing.
The world is watching this experiment, and Bitcoiners are eager to see what country will be next to adopt Bitcoin as nations are forced to compete or be left behind. The game-theoretic prisoner's dilemma has begun in global politics, and nation states that adopt Bitcoin first are at a great advantage. At this time, El Salvador is the only country publicly holding Bitcoin in reserve.