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Sleeping Giants: 11-Year-Old Bitcoin Wallets Transfer 1,000 BTC in 20 Minutes

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Two long-dormant Bitcoin wallets, inactive for nearly 11 years, have suddenly sprung to life, transferring a staggering 1,000 Bitcoins (BTC) within a brief 20-minute window.

The sudden activity, reported by on-chain analysts on Sunday, has sparked speculation about the identities and motives of the mysterious wallet holders.

TLDR

Two Bitcoin wallets, dormant for nearly 11 years, suddenly transferred 1,000 BTC (worth over $60 million) within a 20-minute window.
The wallets initially received the BTC in September 2013 when the price was only $124 per coin, resulting in a 49,274.2% profit margin.
The sudden activity from these dormant wallets has sparked speculation about the identities and intentions of the wallet holders.
The market closely monitors movements from old wallets, as they often involve large sums of Bitcoin that can impact market dynamics if sold on the open market.
Despite the significant profit margins, the wallet owners opted not to cash out through exchanges and instead transferred their assets to undisclosed wallets.

The two wallets in question, “16vRqA” and “1DUJuH,” each received 500 BTC in September 2013, when the pioneering cryptocurrency traded at a modest $124 per coin.

Fast-forward to the present day, and the once-insignificant holdings have ballooned into a massive windfall, with the combined 1,000 BTC now worth over $60 million – an astounding profit margin of 49,274.2%.

2 wallets that have been dormant for 10.7 years transferred all 1,000 $BTC($60.9M) out in the past 20 mins.

Wallet”16vRqA” received 500 $BTC($62K at that time) on Sept 13, 2013, when the price was $124.

Wallet”1DUJuH” received 500 $BTC($62K at that time) on Sept 12, 2013, when… pic.twitter.com/l5ivjrcRt5

— Lookonchain (@lookonchain) May 12, 2024

The awakening of these dormant wallets has ignited theories and discussions among crypto enthusiasts.

Some speculate that the funds may be linked to the infamous Silk Road, with the U.S. government potentially controlling the stash.

Others have jokingly suggested that the enigmatic Bitcoin creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, has resurfaced to claim their vast holdings, estimated to be in the millions of coins.

Historically, the emergence of long-dormant Bitcoin holders has been viewed as a bearish signal, potentially foreshadowing a sell-off to capitalize on profits.

However, despite the enormous gains, the owners of the two wallets have chosen not to cash out through exchanges. Instead, they have transferred their assets to undisclosed wallets, further shrouding their intentions in mystery and adding an extra layer of intrigue to the unfolding story.

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