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Germany Transferred Another 1300 BTC to Exchanges As Market Dips
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Germany Transferred Another 1300 BTC to Exchanges As Market Dips

On July 4, Germany transferred 1300 BTC in portions to Coinbase, Kraken, and Bitstamp, adding to a series of recent German BTC transfers that could increase the selling pressure on Bitcoin.

German BTC transfers Total $175M Bitcoin in Fresh Disbursement

Blockchain investigator PeckShieldAlert disclosed the movement of 1,300 Bitcoin from a German government-labeled wallet. 

This transfer, valued at approximately $75.69 million, marks a notable event in the ongoing activities of the German government within the crypto market.

According to data from Arkham Intelligence, the German BTC transfers were distributed across three major crypto exchanges: 400 BTC (worth $23.24 million) was sent to Coinbase, 400 BTC (worth $23.24 million) to Kraken, and 500 BTC (worth $29.05 million) to Bitstamp.

Further investigations by Mempool.space disclosed an additional transfer of 1,700 BTC, valued at $98.76 million, to an external address labeled “139PoPE1bKQam8QJjhVjYDP47f3VH7ybVu.”

With this transfer, the total amount of BTC moved by the German government on July 4 amounted to 3,000 BTC.

This trend of German BTC transfers is not unprecedented.

On July 2, the German authorities transferred 282.74 BTC (worth $17.6 million) to Coinbase, Kraken, and Bitstamp. This followed a similar transfer on June 26, when 250 BTC (worth $15.4 million) were moved to Bitstamp and Kraken.

The origins of these Bitcoin transactions trace back to a major seizure in 2013. The German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) confiscated nearly 50,000 Bitcoin, worth over $2 billion at the time, from the operators of Movie2k.to, a notorious movie piracy website.

Despite these recent transfers, Germany retains a Bitcoin reserve of 40,359 BTC, currently valued at $2.30 billion.

German BTC Transfers Fuels Bitcoin Market Decline

The recent German BTC transfers have fueled speculations within the crypto community about a potential selloff. Observers suggest that the government may be preparing to liquidate more Bitcoin using the newly active wallet, which could impact the market due to a massive selloff.

Recent trends show that large-scale selloffs have previously influenced the BTC market.

Last month, the US government moved 11.84 BTC, valued at approximately $743,000, and subsequently transferred 3,940 Bitcoin to Coinbase Prime. This move coincides with the upcoming repayment of BTC to creditors of the defunct Mt. Gox exchange.

Mt. Gox, which lost 850,000 Bitcoin in 2014, disclosed it would start repaying its users in July. Over $9.4 billion worth of Bitcoin is owed to approximately 127,000 creditors.

Eric Balchunas, a senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg, noted that customers are likely to sell their BTC assets quickly, potentially resulting in further selling pressure and negatively affecting BTC price levels.

The combined impact of the German BTC transfers, US government selloffs, and negative speculations surrounding the Mt. Gox repayment has already affected the BTC market price.

The BTC market price is $57,000 at press time, reflecting a 5.39% drop in the past 24 hours.

BTC Price Chart | Source: Coinstats

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