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£100 of Bitcoins in 2010 would be worth £4.3million – but can it continue and how do you safely inves

Bitcoin was the first, and is the most famous, of a new type of digital money. The plan was to make a form of currency not controlled by governments or businesses, that you could trade globally with no cost and without having to reveal your identity.

It's an idea that took off. There are now more than 800 “cryptocurrencies” in existence, worth more than £75billion in total.


And their value has soared too - in 2011 you could buy a Bitcoin for $11, they're now worth $2,755 each. That means if you'd put just £100 into the currency in 2010 (when you could buy Bitcoins for 5p – or less if you timed it right) they would be worth £4.3million now.