Bitcoin Hard Fact Edition 1 - Fact #5

The symbol ₿, representing Bitcoin, has an intriguing origin story. The symbol itself was proposed and popularized by Ken Shirriff, a computer scientist known for his work in the field of computer architecture and software engineering. He suggested the symbol as a way to give Bitcoin a distinct visual identity, much like other currency symbols such as $ for dollars or € for euros.

As for the choice of color, orange has become synonymous with Bitcoin for several reasons. In an online discussion forum, Satoshi Nakamoto mentioned the color orange in reference to the Bitcoin client's graphical user interface (GUI). This association stuck, and over time, the color orange became closely tied to Bitcoin's visual branding.

Orange is a color often associated with innovation, energy, and creativity. These attributes align well with Bitcoin's revolutionary nature and the vibrant community surrounding it.