- US To Sell Silk Road Haul
US To Sell Silk Road Haul
While it's the first major US crypto sale this year, onlookers say it's a drop in the bucket compared to recent Grayscale ETF outflows.
The US government is auctioning off nearly 3,000 bitcoin (~$130 million) seized from Silk Road criminals and a rogue Secret Service agent. While it's the first major US crypto sale this year, onlookers say it's a drop in the bucket compared to recent Grayscale ETF outflows.
Zoom out: The U.S. government holds a significant amount of Bitcoin from criminal cases, including the 94,000 bitcoin seized from the 2016 Bitfinex hack (which will now be an Amazon film 🙂), the 69,000 bitcoin originally seized from Silk Road, and the 51,000 bitcoin seized from Silk Road hacker James Zhong.
Bottom line: This is but a small step in the government’s cryptoasset management dance. With a sizeable bitcoin stash, any future sales could have a large impact on the market. But for now, it's just a blip on the radar.
Bonus: Remember Tim Draper? In 2014, he bought around 30,000 BTC (worth ~$1.2 billion today) in a government auction for roughly $18 million. Wonder if he’ll be back for seconds…