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This article was published on January 15, 2020

Bitcoin whale moves ball busting $1.1B for just $83

Bitcoin whale moves ball busting $1.1B for just $83
Yessi Bello Perez
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Yessi Bello Perez

Former Senior Writer, Growth Quarters

A cryptocurrency whale has moved a mind-boggling $1.1 billion worth of Bitcoin for a measly $83 network fee.

The transaction, which took place on January 14, saw the whalemove 124,946.6 BTC in exchange for a 0.0096 BTC fee.

124,946 bitcoin were just moved in a transaction.

That’s ~$1,100,000,000 transfered for an $80 fee.

No government, bank or third party had to verify the transaction, nor could they have stopped it if they wanted to.

The true power of bitcoin. 🔥

— Rhythm (@Rhythmtrader) January 14, 2020

Although it’s impossible to know why the cryptocurrency was moved, one Reddit user claims it came from a Bitfinex cold storage address. So, it could just be that the cryptocurrency exchange is shuffling funds.

It’s not the first time that a transaction of this magnitude has taken place, but such moves are rarely seen in the market.

Back in September, Hard Fork reported that another cryptocurrency whale had moved 94,504 BTC (at the time worth over one billion dollars), paying the equivalent of $700 in Bitcoin network fees.

Prior to that, one infamous player named Loaded paid just $3.93 to send $212 million worth of Bitcoin. Two months later, another (still-unknown) individual initiated multiple $450 million transactions for just $400 a piece.

Although Bitcoin is yet to make the big time, I’m certain hardcore cryptocurrency enthusiasts will celebrate the fact that such a huge amount could be moved without third-party intervention, and at a relatively low cost.

Let’s face it, this is a massive finger up to the banks!

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