Magic Eden's Guide to Rare Sats

Decoding Bitcoin's past: Dive into Magic Eden's unique digital artifacts

Updated over a week ago

In the world of Bitcoin Ordinals, each satoshi (often called "sat") holds unique historical significance. Magic Eden has taken this narrative a notch higher by distinguishing these digital artifacts through various labels supported by the Ordinals community. These denote rarity and relevance in the extensive Bitcoin timeline. Let's delve deeper into understanding each label.

Rare sats on Magic Eden

Nakamoto

The mystique surrounding Bitcoin's pseudonymous creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, remains undiminished. Sats that were mined by Nakamoto himself are branded with this label, making them highly sought after by collectors.

First transaction

On January 12, 2009, history was made when Satoshi Nakamoto sent 10 Bitcoins to a computer scientist named Hal Finney. This marked the first-ever Bitcoin transaction. Sats originating from this iconic transaction bear the "First Transaction" label, symbolizing the genesis of Bitcoin's peer-to-peer exchange.

Palindrome

In a playful twist, any sat whose number can be read the same forwards and backwards is branded a "Palindrome." For example, a sat numbered 12321 or 45654. These unique numerical attributes add a layer of rarity and curiosity to the labeled sats.

Vintage

The dawn of Bitcoin was marked by its initial 1,000 blocks. Sats mined within this period are branded "Vintage,".

Pizza

One of the most iconic stories in the Bitcoin community is that of a programmer who paid 10,000 Bitcoins for two Papa John's pizzas on May 22, 2010. This event is often cited to demonstrate the meteoric rise in Bitcoin's value. Sats from this legendary transaction wear the "Pizza" label.

Block 9

Block 9 holds a unique distinction in Bitcoin's history. As one of the earliest blocks mined, the satoshis contained within it are some of the oldest sats in circulation. These sats offer a tangible connection to the very beginnings of Bitcoin, shortly after its inception.

Block 78

Block 78 holds a profound place in the annals of Bitcoin's history. This block was mined by Hal Finney, marking the first instance where someone other than the elusive Satoshi Nakamoto contributed to the blockchain's growth.

Rodarmor Rarity Index

In addition to the community based labels above, "rare sats" represent unique satoshis within the vast Bitcoin ecosystem, differentiated by their distinct attributes and the timing of their creation. The Rodarmor Rarity Index is a classification system conceived by Casey Rodarmor and rooted in Ordinal Theory β€” these satoshis are categorized based on pivotal moments in Bitcoin's timeline, such as mining difficulty adjustments and halving events. Listed below are the key labels for rare sats currently available on Magic Eden.

Uncommon

This label is designated to the first satoshi of every block. Given that a new block is added to the Bitcoin blockchain approximately every 10 minutes, these sats capture the very beginning of that timeframe.

Rare

The Bitcoin network periodically adjusts its mining difficulty to ensure that blocks are added roughly every ten minutes. The first sat of each such adjustment period is branded as "Rare." This reflects the ever-evolving nature of the network's security and consensus mechanisms.

Epic

Every four years, the Bitcoin network experiences a "halving" event where the mining reward is cut in half. The first sat of each of these halving epochs is labeled "Epic," marking a significant moment in Bitcoin's economic model.

Black Sats

Within the Bitcoin ecosystem, 'Black Sats' have emerged as a unique classification system, highlighting specific satoshis that mark significant end-points in the blockchain's progression. These sats capture pivotal moments, offering a contrast to the initial sats traditionally emphasized.

  • Black Uncommon Represents the last satoshi of every individual block.

  • Black Rare: Denotes the final satoshi at the conclusion of each mining difficulty adjustment period.

  • Black Epic: The concluding satoshi of each halving event, which occurs approximately every four years when the Bitcoin mining reward is halved.

2024 additions

In addition to the existing labels, Magic Eden introduces several new labels for rare satoshis in the Bitcoin Ordinals ecosystem, reflecting unique attributes and moments in the cryptocurrency's history.

Uniform palinception

Delve into the mesmerizing world of uniform palinception, where each satoshi forms a palindrome of palindromes. These intricately structured sats create a fascinating tapestry of mirrored digits.

Uniform Palinception image

Perfect palinception

Explore the symmetrical beauty of perfect palinception, where a single palindrome repeats, each time itself a palindrome with distinct digits. This label encapsulates the elegance of repetition, turning each satoshi into a harmonious pattern.

Perfect Palinception image

Block 9 450x

Step back in time with Block 9 450x, where sats in first bitcoin of the 9th block are highlighted. This label unfolds a captivating chapter in Bitcoin's history.

Block 9: 450x image

Block 286

Unearth the significance of Block 286, representing satoshis from the second-ever Bitcoin transaction mined by Satoshi Nakamoto. These sats carry the weight of Bitcoin's elusive creator and contribute to the narrative of its enigmatic origins.

Block 286 image

JPEG

Journey into the past with JPEG, as these satoshis might be tied to the first Bitcoin trade for an image on February 24, 2010. This label narrates a tale of innovation, showcasing Bitcoin's early forays into unconventional transactions and exchanges.

JPEG image

Alpha

Step into the birth of each bitcoin with Alpha, marking the initial satoshi. This label signifies the genesis of a Bitcoin unit.

Alpha image

Omega

Experience the poetic conclusion of every bitcoin with Omega, the last satoshi. As the final satoshi in a Bitcoin unit.

Omega image

These new labels bring a fresh perspective to the Bitcoin Ordinals, capturing additional moments and characteristics that contribute to the rich history of Bitcoin. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or new to the realm, these labels offer exciting avenues for exploration and appreciation of the evolving legacy of Bitcoin.


Each satoshi, beyond its monetary value, narrates a piece of Bitcoin's history. Magic Eden's labels serve not only as markers of rarity but also as storytellers, bringing to life the tales of innovation that have shaped the world of cryptocurrency. Whether you're a seasoned Bitcoin Ordinals enthusiast or new to the realm, these labels offer a unique lens through which to appreciate the legacy of Bitcoin.

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