Bitcoin continued to build a pace, albeit for a couple of shady reasons, and with the advent of large-scale bitcoin exchanges such as Mt. Gox, the price began to rapidly increase. The first wave of price increases hit $219 on 10th April 2013, which rapidly fell off. However, continued media coverage, general instability, and then massive increases in price drove bitcoin to a peak of $1145 (similar to the price of an ounce of gold), which then dropped and rebounded to $730 by the end of the year. The first ASIC miners hit the market during 2013, although it would be the following year before they took off massively.
2013 Best Bitcoin Mining PoolsBitcoins In Ireland looks at which bitcoin mining pools found blocks during 2013. Data goes from 1st January 2013 -> 31st December 2013. Data gratefully provided by Blocktrail
|1st January 2013 -> 31st December 2013||Total Bitcoin Mined|
|gHash.io / CEX.io||391650|
|Discus Fish / F2Pool||258850|
|BTC Guild / BTCGuild||161025|
|BitAffNet / Bitcoin Affiliate Network||4500|