In a significant move in the cryptocurrency market, a previously inactive Bitcoin wallet containing 1,037 BTC has suddenly sprung to life after being untouched for over 11 years. The entire stash, equivalent to $31 million at current prices, was transferred out, raising eyebrows in the crypto community.
The transfer occurred on July 22 when Bitcoin was trading around $29,956, as reported by BitInfoCharts. Interestingly, the 1,037 BTC in question was originally acquired on April 11, 2012, when the price of Bitcoin was a mere $4.92. At that time, the value of the stash was approximately $5,108. The sudden transfer to a new wallet address, identified as “bc1qt180…,” now holds an impressive $31 million worth of Bitcoin, marking an astonishing gain of 606,418.36% over the past 11 years.
During Bitcoin’s all-time high price of $69,044 on November 10, the balance in the original wallet had reached a peak of $71.6 million, as reported by CoinGecko.
The source and intentions behind this dormant wallet’s sudden activity remain unclear. However, it’s worth mentioning that the United States government has also been involved in notable BTC transfers recently. On July 12, the government moved nearly 10,000 BTC, equivalent to $299 million, in a series of transactions related to the Silk Road seizure. However, it has not been confirmed whether these transactions were sent to cryptocurrency exchanges or remain under the custody of the Justice Department.
As of now, Bitcoin’s price is at $29,774, experiencing a slight 0.24% decline in the last 24 hours. The crypto community is eagerly watching for any further developments or explanations regarding the unexpected awakening of the dormant Bitcoin wallet and its implications for the market.