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Several Bitcoin Whale Wallets Are Active Again After Years of Dormancy
A number of Bitcoin whales, which are entities who individually hold 1,000 or more Bitcoin, have become active in recent weeks, moving their holdings after more than a decade of inactivity.
As an example, a large transfer occurred on July 22, when a dormant Bitcoin wallet holding over 1,037 BTC — currently worth $31 million when priced in USD — was transferred to a new wallet. The original wallet’s holdings had not moved since early 2012, at a time when Bitcoin was valued at just under $5 per coin.
The movement of large Bitcoin holdings often sparks speculation about the reasons behind the transactions. Some spectators believe that the whales are cashing out to fiat, while many believe that they’re simply moving their Bitcoin to new wallets for security, privacy, or other reasons.
While whales from Bitcoin’s early days do move their holdings from time to time, the fact that there are so many whales to begin with who haven’t liquidated their Bitcoin even as its value has exploded over the past 10+ years is a testament to Bitcoin’s long-term proposition as an open monetary network and tool for financial self-sovereignty.
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