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$31.5M Satoshi-Era Bitcoin Could Be up for Sale

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Updated by Ryan Smith
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In Brief

  • Satoshi-era bitcoin has been consolidated into two bulk wallets holding a total of 2,050 BTC, worth $31.5 million.
  • The consolidation could be a precursor to these decade-old coins being sold on the market.
  • A bulk sale of 2,050 BTC and increasing miner outflows to exchanges may trigger a significant bitcoin price drop.
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A couple of consolidated bulk Bitcoin (BTC) sums worth $31.5 million, untouched for ten years, may soon be sold on the market as the current price gains continue.
Satoshi-era BTC movements often elicit considerable attention within the crypto space. Usually, the focus tends to be on determining whether the coins are part of the stash mined by Bitcoin’s creator in the ‘Patoshi pattern.’

2,050 BTC Hitting the Market Soon?

Tweeting on Nov. 9, Bitcoin analyst @murphsicles revealed the consolidation of 1,000 BTC (~$15.5 million) from addresses holding decade-old block rewards. Data from show a roll-up of 50 BTC in coinbase rewards from 20 different addresses. Before the first Bitcoin halving in 2012, miners earned 50 BTC as a reward for successfully mining a transaction block. As seen in the image below, the entity responsible for the roll-up has also split the 1,000 BTC hoard into native bech32 SegWit addresses.
Satoshi era Bitcoin on the Move?
The 1,000 BTC batch roll-up is the second of such movements in less than a week. Earlier in November, another batch of Satoshi-era coinbase rewards from 21 addresses was also moved into a consolidated 1,050 BTC (~$16 million) stash. The 1,050 BTC hoard has the unique quality of an address from the Patoshi pattern. Equally significant is the fact that the same address also appears in the 1.1 million BTC Tulip Trust documents. Indeed, 2020 has seen the movement of large bitcoin sums on numerous occasions. The crypto space was rife with speculation when over $1 billion in BTC moved on the night of the US election. As it turned out, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) took possession of 69,369 BTC held in a wallet with Silk Road connections. Such a significant coin stash often coincides with volatile price reactions. However, given the current appetite for bitcoin as outlined by numerous reports, 2,050 BTC might do little to overwhelm the current upward trajectory. However, a $31.5 million sell wall in tandem with the growing bitcoin outflow from miners may trigger a significant dent. Data from on-chain analytics provider Glassnode shows BTC movement from miners to exchanges up by about 270% in the last 24 hours.


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Osato Avan-Nomayo
Osato is a reporter at BeInCrypto and Bitcoin believer based in Lagos, Nigeria. When not immersed in the daily happenings in the crypto scene, he can be found watching historical...