The genesis block, also known as Block 0, is basically the very first block in a blockchain.

Each block within the blockchain always has a link to a previous block. After reaching the very beginning of a block which has nothing linked behind it, you arrive at the genesis block.

Satoshi Nakamoto was the person who mined this very first block, containing 50 bitcoins. It took him 6 days to accomplish this feat back in 2009.

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