Bitcoin miners score their second-highest month of revenue ever with $1.72 billion in October

Bitcoin miners hauled in $1.72 billion in revenue during October, new monthly data shows, the second-highest level on record.

That figure edges out April's $1.7 billion but doesn't quite exceed the all-time monthly high of $1.75 billion reported for May, as shown in the graph below.

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Likely buoying the October figure was bitcoin's rise to a new all-time high above $66,000. The cryptocurrency's price hit a high of $66,909.15 on Coinbase during that period. 

The vast majority of the revenue came in the form of block subsidies -- amou