El Salvador’s investment in Bitcoin loses about half its value since September, now worth $51.5 million

June 14, 2022, 6:49 PM UTC

El Salvador’s Bitcoin (BTC) holdings are now valued at $51.5 million, worth about half of the $104 million the country has invested in the cryptocurrency for its treasury in the 10 months since it made bitcoin legal tender last September.

Bitcoin’s price at press time was $22,400.

President Nayib Bukele has announced 10 purchases of Bitcoin since September 2021, with the country at last check holding 2,301 Bitcoins acquired at an average price of $45,171 each.

The country’s most recent buy was on May 9, when Bukele stepped in front of Bitcoin’s decline then to purchase 500 coins for $15.3 million, or an average price of $30,744 each. Bukele, to this point, hasn’t announced any purchases during the plunge of the past few days.

On Monday, El Salvador Finance Minister Alejandro Zelaya said the Bitcoin losses pose “extremely minimal” risk to his country’s fiscal position, noting that the amount is less than 0.5% of the government’s budget. He also pointed out that any loss for now is unrealized because the country hasn’t sold any of its coins.

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