Bitcoin hit a record high of $5,866 on Friday, October 13, after a dismal September in which the cryptocurrency fell to $2,900 a coin on September 15.

Two years ago, the idea of buying the virtual currency even at that price was laughable. After a rapid rise in value in 2013, the cryptocurrency"s value more than halved by mid-2015.

At its lowest point, one bitcoin was equal to about $230.

Given the currency"s covert nature, the average person still may not understand how buying and selling actually works.

Using the app Coinbase, which lets anyone trade bitcoins for a small fee, we decided to find out.

A brief warning: If you"re going to do this, tell your bank you"re about to buy bitcoin. More on that later.

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This is what the Coinbase app looks like on an iPhone.

When you first open the app, you"re presented with the latest price of bitcoin and its change within a certain period. You can see in the chart below how wild the latest moves have been. (We bought the bitcoin in January 2017.)

I happen to be one of the many who have never traded bitcoin before. There"s a certain level of wariness in buying into the cryptocurrency world.

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