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November 14, 2013, 09:09:31 PM
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So, what the status of this activity now?

As far as I understand, last information is: that we were declined two years ago by the following reasons:

1. The currency code is not linked to any country code.
2. The currency code is considered a 'private currency' and not used for tender in any country.
3. There will be no international payments denominated in Bitcoin therefore an ISO currency code for the Bitcoin is not applicable.
4. The Institution responsible for the Bitcoin does not appear to be recognized internationally or have any official status. Neither Reuters or Bloomberg provides market data related to its use.

Since then drastic development and improvements in Bitcoin did happen.
So, answers on these reasons now:

1. It is not a problem because the same situation with gold but it has his own codes: XAU and 959.

2. Again, answer the same like for N1: gold is not used for tender in any country but it has codes.

3. There will be international payments denominated in Bitcoin.
I have an answer from regional SWIFT director of one of major international bank: he says that they would be interesting
to implement Bitcoin in SWIFT messages if it would have it's own ISO currency code.

4. In August this year Bloomberg started Bitcoin ticker with temporary code XBT in their internal terminals.

Who did submit the request and who should resubmit it now?
Probably Bitcoin Foundation?














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November 14, 2013, 09:17:26 PM
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Who did submit the request and who should resubmit it now?
Probably Bitcoin Foundation?
This seems a good guess to me: if someone is in touch with them I suppose the issue should be brought to their attention.

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January 07, 2014, 10:37:08 PM
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Sorry, for the gravedig, but major reporting organizations are now talking about Bitcoin.

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January 07, 2014, 11:24:23 PM
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After positively challenging all four points, this is what I got back, unfortunately:

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The EUR is linked to a country code (EU), Bitcoin is not.
The Bitcoin is a private currency, because there is no governmental institution or monetary authority supporting it. The point in case is not whether a currency is public or not (Facebook Credits are also public but would not get an ISO code either).
Finally, Bitcoin may not be denominated in any other currency.

We are therefore obliged to definitely decline your request.

Perhaps when Bitcoins are more mature and the market has grown, I hope they will pick it up by themselves.

Ill send them an email, i'd say we will get ISO status in no time,

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January 07, 2014, 11:50:20 PM
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There was definitely a movement pushing for XBT that I believe started making significant headway.

http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-gaining-market-based-legitimacy-xbt/

And yes, Bloomberg and other news outlets have been using it.

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April 19, 2014, 06:57:56 PM
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XBT makes the most sense and should be used all around.

BTC is Bhutanese coin because BT stands for Bhutan.

X is allocated for all types of currency (and some commodities) that do not belong to one specific country. XBC is already taken, so XBT would make the most sense.

So, everyone please stop using BTC and start using XBT.


For clarification, the first two letters are the country code: US(D), EU(R), GB(P), BR(L), except for currencies/commodities that are not specific to one country, they use only one letter, specifically the X, and no country can ever start with X.

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April 19, 2014, 07:10:51 PM
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XBT makes the most sense and should be used all around.

BTC is Bhutanese coin because BT stands for Bhutan.

X is allocated for all types of currency (and some commodities) that do not belong to one specific country. XBC is already taken, so XBT would make the most sense.

So, everyone please stop using BTC and start using XBT.


For clarification, the first two letters are the country code: US(D), EU(R), GB(P), BR(L), except for currencies/commodities that are not specific to one country, they use only one letter, specifically the X, and no country can ever start with X.

X represents the Bitcoin cause very well, because it is international. Similar global currencies include XAU (gold), XAG (silver), XDR (international special drawing rights), etc. The letter is familiar to many in the financial community as an international token of value.
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April 20, 2014, 07:12:53 AM
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http://www.xe.com/currency/xbt-bitcoin
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April 20, 2014, 07:15:24 AM
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I have copy pasted the subject and sent the mail to office@currency-iso.org. But personally I believe that it would have been better to launch an online petition to the ISO. If we could gather like 100,000 verified signatures, then they won't be able to ignore us.

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