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Ripple’s Unusual 400 Million XRP Transaction Raises Eyebrows

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In Brief

  • Ripple executed an unexpected transaction releasing approximately 400 million XRP tokens, valued at around $217 million.
  • The unusual timing and enigmatic memo accompanying the transaction have stirred curiosity among cryptocurrency enthusiasts.
  • Notably, an email conversation from Bitcoin pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto viewed Ripple as an "interesting" project.
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Ripple executed a notable transaction today that drew significant community attention.

Whale Alert reported the release of approximately 400 million XRP tokens, valued at around $217 million.

Unusual 400 Million XRP Released

This sizeable transaction has stirred curiosity among the community due to its unusual timing and the enigmatic memo accompanying it. The memo raised questions about the platform’s February escrow execution and contained peculiar shout-outs.

Many in the XRP community are perplexed by this unexpected unlock, noting its deviation from Ripple’s typical schedule. Traditionally, Ripple releases around 1 billion XRP tokens from its escrow wallet on the first day of each month, a practice integral to its operational framework.

However, only half a billion XRP tokens were locked in escrow in February. Thus, several community members are speculating about the nature of the transactions, drawing different theories.

Ripple XRP unlock
Ripple Token Unlock. Source: Bithomp

Ripple’s XRP token unlock ensures transparency and predictability in XRP’s supply chain, limiting the market’s exposure to a predetermined volume of tokens at any given time. By implementing this strategy, Ripple seeks to mitigate the risks of market manipulation and uphold stability in XRP’s valuation.

Read more: Ripple (XRP) Price Prediction 2024 / 2025 / 2030

Still, the transaction has had little impact on XRP’s price. The digital asset is down by a modest 0.03% during the past day to $0.5443 as of press time. It is the sixth-largest crypto token, with a market capitalization of $29.7 billion.

Satoshi Nakamoto Praised Ripple

Email correspondence unearthed conversations between Bitcoin’s creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, and Martti Malmi, an early contributor to BTC, revealing Nakamoto’s admiration for the Ripple project. Originally conceived by web developer Ryan Fugger in 2004 as RipplePay, Ripple aimed to pioneer decentralized digital currency systems, predating the advent of Bitcoin.

In their exchanges, Malmi broached the subject of Ripple, acknowledging its potential as a groundbreaking initiative. Nakamoto expressed intrigue at Ripple’s novel approach to dispersing trust across its network, setting it apart from its centralized counterparts.

“Ripple is interesting in that it’s the only other system that does something with trust besides concentrate it into a central server,” Nakamoto remarked.

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Oluwapelumi Adejumo
Oluwapelumi believes Bitcoin and blockchain technology have the potential to change the world for the better. He is an avid reader and began writing about crypto in 2020.