Who Just Moved 2% Of Bitcoin's Total Supply Worth $15.3 Billion?

A bitcoin whale has just moved 400,519.2286 BTC worth roughly $15.3 billion representing about 2% of the entire BTC supply.

The one-of-a-kind transaction, which was processed as an entire block on the bitcoin network on July 27 was noticed and posted on Twitter by Bitcoin updates Twitter handle, Documenting Bitcoin.

“$15.3 billion was moved today in one #Bitcoin block. #Bitcoin block number 692828.”

Data from the bitcoin network activity tracking site Blockchain.com confirms the validity of both the transaction and its magnitude.  

 “A total of 400,519.22860383 BTC ($15,067,249,011.42) were sent in the block with the average transaction being 122.37067785 BTC ($4603498.02).”

The block was mined on July 27, 2021, at 4.58 AMT GMT +3 by the Poolin mining pool and currently has 106 confirmations on the bitcoin blockchain, according to the website. A further breakdown of the transactions shows what the miner (s) earned from processing and validating the block:

“The miner(s) of this block earned a total reward of 6.25 BTC ($235,120.56). The reward consisted of a base reward of 6.26 BTC (235,120.56) with an additional 0.32710928 BTC ($12,305.62) reward as fees of the 3273 transactions which were included in the block.”

Commenting on the huge transaction cost, BTC enthusiasts on Twitter also noted that the transaction would have been more expensive to send via a wire transfer.

Whale effect on BTC movement

Large Bitcoin transactions from entities have always sparked interest in the crypto community due to their huge potential to influence the price of bitcoin. Different moves by whales are often predicted to bring both positive and negative outcomes to the market.

BTCUSD Chart by TradingView

Bitcoin fell below $38,000 on Monday following a break above $40,000 in a short-lived pump that was unable to hold, after rumors made round that Amazon was making plans to add BTC as a payment method on its platform. 

The statement was later denied by a spokesman from the online shopping marketplace as reported by Bloomberg.  At the time of press, the top coin is down by 3.7% in the last 24 hours, trading at $37,931.

Crypto trader and analyst Michael van de Poppe stated that Bitcoin is nonetheless moving upward by testing higher highs and higher lows.

“After a higher high, you’re looking for a new higher low. That’s what #Bitcoin is doing currently which I think the consolidation after the $40K test is quite healthy and normal.  People are expecting fireworks every day; markets simply don’t work that way.”