Silk Road Bitcoin Worth $2B Moved by U.S. Government: On-Chain Data

The last confirmed government sale was just more than a year ago.

AccessTimeIconApr 2, 2024 at 4:13 p.m. UTC
Updated Apr 3, 2024 at 10:17 a.m. UTC
  • A wallet tagged as belonging to the U.S. government moved 30,175 bitcoins on Tuesday.
  • Some 2,000 of the bitcoin were moved to a wallet identified as being to Coinbase, with the rest to another government-tagged wallet.

A wallet tagged as belonging to the U.S. government moved 30,175 bitcoins late Tuesday morning. With bitcoin's (BTC) current price around the $65,000 level, that would be roughly $2 billion worth of the token.

The last confirmed sale by the government – which in late 2022 seized roughly 50,000 bitcoins related to the Silk Road website – was in March 2023, when it unloaded 9,861 coins for $216 million.

Some 2,000 bitcoin were moved to a wallet tagged by Arkham Intelligence as belonging to crypto exchange Coinbase (COIN). The remainder were moved to a wallet Arkham identified as belonging to the government.

Already sharply lower on the day, bitcoin slipped a bit further following the news, dipping under $65,000. It's since bounced a bit, now trading at $65,200, down 4.7% over the past 24 hours. The broader CoinDesk 20 Index is lower by the same amount.

CORRECTION (April 3, 10:17 UTC): Corrects destination of funds in third paragraph.


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