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German Government Transfers $172M In Bitcoin To Different Locations

By Eric George


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German Government Bitcoin transfers

The German government has recently transferred $172 million worth of Bitcoin held by them to different locations.

The Transfer of almost 1,300 Bitcoins seems to have been executed from a German Government (BKA) labeled cryptocurrency wallet.

Let us look at some of the details of the transaction and at what impacts the move will have on the global Bitcoin market.

What are the details about the transfer?

The current focus that people seem to have on Bitcoin and its price seems to have been triggered by a posting from the blockchain investigator group PeckShieldAlert on their X page.

The group announced that they had discovered a bulk transfer of 1,300 bitcoins which they traced back to a German Government-linked wallet address.

The total amount of the whole transaction was valued at close to 172 million dollars.

German Government transferred bitcoin

The transfer was reportedly made to three of the most prominent crypto exchanges in the world namely Coinbase, Bitstamp, and Kraken.

Upon further investigation by the group, it was later revealed that this was not the only transaction that was initiated through the German government-linked wallet.

They found out that the wallet had also transferred another 1,700 Bitcoins to a separate wallet address simultaneous with the current transaction.

This totals up to a transfer of 3000 Bitcoins amounting to 397 million dollars that were initiated by the German government to multiple wallets in such a short period of time.

Let us now look at what potential concerns the move could trigger in the minds of Bitcoin investors and the reasons for it.

Reasons for concerns about the Bitcoin price fluctuations

The move from the German government is not the only reason for the concerns relating to the price fluctuations of Bitcoin.

The recent transfers seem to have coincided with the Mt. Gox creditor repayment saga which as we have all seen has had its own impact on the Bitcoin prices over the past few months.

Mt. Gox repayments which were expected to happen in early July are set to distribute almost $9.4 billion worth of Bitcoin which it owes to almost 127,000 of its creditors.

The creditors who have been denied access to their profits over the last decades are expected to cash out immediately after the allocation.

Another major concern about the price of the coin relates to the activities of large-scale investors or whales who might decide to similarly offload a large amount of their coins amidst the current market landscape and cause sudden price fluctuations which could become a catalyst for turmoil in the market.

The concern is valid when we look at a few of the recent transactions that a number of large whale investors carried out. The investor whose details are unknown recently sold around $180 million worth of Bitcoin within 3 minutes.

Transactions like these could have a large-scale impact on the price of the coin and could be the second trigger for an uncontrollable price stagnation.

What could be the Impact of the move?

The move could have far-reaching effects on the price and the market sentiments toward Bitcoin.

The predicted loss of another $9 billion in Bitcoin by Mt. Gox as reimbursement to its creditors, along with the present transfers by the German government, might drive down the price of the coin even lower.

Bitcoin has been on a downward trend for the past few months and the new move is expected to trigger a selling spree from current holders of the coin.

We can see signs of this potential downward trend in the current price of Bitcoin which stands at $54,296.10 after losing almost 21% of its value over the past months.

Looking at the price data of the coin over the past 1 year we can only hope for the coin to not fall any lower and hit the price valuation of $44,154 which it had at the beginning of the year 2024.

It appears that the only hope that crypto market analysts have to assist in the recovery of Bitcoin’s prices is for the market entities to actively see the price loss as an opportunity to invest and put more funds into the coin’s market cap.

Also, Read: How Does Market Cap Affect Crypto Price? Explained

Final Thoughts

The whole change in Bitcoin’s market sentiment is bound to make either a dent or a surplus in the portfolio of its investors. Either way the only way to decide which you will be can only be done through careful and timely analysis of the market movements of the coin and making safe investment decisions.

Eric George

Eric George, a retired journalist, focused primarily on market research and current tech trends. With a career spanning news media, he made significant contributions to understanding the intersection of technology and finance. Today, he continues to engage with these topics in various capacities

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