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Bitcoin Transfer Alert: US Government Sends $2.1B to Coinbase – BTC Price at Risk?

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  • Pending confirmation, this transfer could surpass the government’s last verified Bitcoin sale of $216 million in March 2023.
  • The U.S. has become a major Bitcoin holder following seizures, notably from the Silk Road shutdown by the FBI in 2013.

The United States government has recently moved 30,174 Bitcoins, valued at $2.1 billion, from assets confiscated from the Silk Road to Coinbase. This operation was spotted on a Tuesday morning, with a wallet identified as part of the U.S. government’s holdings making the transfer.

Confirmation of this Bitcoin transfer by the U.S. authorities is still pending. The government’s last verified sale happened in March 2023, where it disposed of 9,861 coins for a sum of $216 million. If validated, this recent sale surpasses the volume of the previous one.

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In late 2022, approximately 50,000 bitcoins were seized by the U.S. government in relation to the Silk Road website, a notorious digital black market known for money laundering and illegal drug transactions using Bitcoin. 

The latest movement of Bitcoin was directed to a wallet not immediately identified, yet Arkham Intelligence has associated this wallet with the cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase. The formal confirmation of this transaction by the U.S. government is awaited.

This transaction follows months after a U.S. appeals court finalized the seizure of 69,370 bitcoins linked to Silk Road, marking a concerted effort by the United States to seize BTC from this marketplace, which was shut down by the FBI in 2013.

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Now, it appears the government is gearing up to sell the digital currencies it possesses. The government’s status as a major Bitcoin holder turns it into a significant player in the cryptocurrency market. The movements of bitcoins connected to Silk Road are closely monitored, considering their potential to significantly impact the market and cryptocurrency prices. 

After news of the transaction broke, Bitcoin’s price, which had been declining on April 2nd, dipped further, falling below $65,000. However, in the last hours, Bitcoin has seen a slight recovery, trading at $65,810, marking a 4.2% decrease over the last 24 hours.

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Isai Alexei
Isai Alexei
As a content creator, Isai Alexei holds a degree in Marketing, providing a solid foundation for the exploration of technology and finance. Isai's journey into the crypto space began during academic years, where the transformative potential of blockchain technology was initially grasped. Intrigued, Isai delved deeper, ultimately making the inaugural cryptocurrency investment in Bitcoin. Witnessing the evolution of the crypto landscape has been both exciting and educational. Ethereum, with its smart contract capabilities, stands out as Isai's favorite, reflecting a genuine enthusiasm for cutting-edge web3 technologies. Business Email: [email protected] Phone: +49 160 92211628