- There has been an increase in the number of early crypto holders moving tokens to new wallets.
- The BTC whale moved all their bitcoins to a new wallet.
- Whales make such moves in preparation for selling or alternative investments.
Lookonchain has revealed that an early Bitcoin (BTC) holder transferred $37 million worth of bitcoins to new wallets after eleven years of inactivity. The move has ignited speculation about the motive behind this move.
In the early hours of Wednesday, the Whale, a term used to describe a powerful owner of any financial asset, transferred all of their 1,037.42 bitcoin to a new address, “bc1qtl.” Although involving a staggering BTC amount, the token movement has had very little impact on the market seeing that Bitcoin (BTC) price has barely moved. BTC was trading at $29,192.78, up 0.06% in the past 24 hours.
It is important to note that the transferred bitcoins were received on April 11, 2012, when the price was $4.92. The 1,037.42 BTC was at the time worth $5,107.
A BTC whale that has been dormant for 11 years transferred all 1,037.42 $BTC($37.8M) to a new address”bc1qtl” an hour ago.
— Lookonchain (@lookonchain) July 22, 2023
Why did the Whale transfer the BTC?
While such large cryptocurrency movements from early participants are mostly uncommon, they could mean the holder is preparing to sell the cryptocurrencies, stake on an exchange, or diversify their holdings for other tokens.
The move is the most recent in a string of older wallets moving bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH) tokens to exchanges this year. At least four wallets transferred millions of dollars worth of bitcoins to exchanges or to other wallets in April.
A wallet that had acquired over 61,000 ether (ETH) in an ICO eight years ago also transferred the entire sum to a wallet connected to the Kraken cryptocurrency exchange last week. These holdings, which were acquired during the ICO for 31 cents per token, are currently valued at over $116 million.