2010 BTC Wallet Woke Up & Sold 50 Bitcoins at ATH, Turning $7.50 Into $3.3M

After lying dormant for over a decade, a Bitcoin (BTC) wallet has recently sprung to life to realize a staggering profit margin in what seems like a fairy tale in an industry punctuated by stories of fortunes made and lost.

The wallet originates from the Satoshi Era, a term used to denote the early stages of Bitcoin’s existence when its creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, was still active in the development of the leading cryptocurrency.

Dating back to October 27, 2010, the wallet received a modest sum of 50 BTC at a time when the digital currency was a mere whisper among the initiated — valued at approximately $0.10 per coin, according to a blockchain inspection of wallet address 13EEUaSeyAM7ngeSApemNbUgMf5BCvHDDf.

That initial investment, amounting to a seemingly inconsequential $7.50, lay dormant as the rollercoaster ride of Bitcoin’s value played out through the years.

Key Takeaways

  • A Bitcoin wallet from the Satoshi Era, inactive since 2010, sold its holdings for $3.3 million after Bitcoin’s recent peak.
  • The wallet’s activity dates back to the early days of Bitcoin when its creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, was actively involved.
  • The wallet owner’s patience exemplifies the crypto community’s ‘HODL’ mentality—holding onto assets through volatility with a long-term belief in their value — a strategy that has now paid off spectacularly.
  • As Bitcoin surpasses previous all-time highs, anticipation builds around the upcoming halving event in April 2024, with predictions of further price surges.
  • However, there are also cautious opinions on the post-halving market direction.

Satoshi Era Wallet Sells at ATH

On March 5, 2024, shortly after Bitcoin hit a new all-time high of $69,170, the wallet’s contents were sold at an eye-watering total value of $3,299,492.

This translates to a profit of 43,993,126%, which can be interpreted as an awe-inspiring testament to patience and perhaps an unparalleled belief in Bitcoin’s potential.

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The first transaction references “Block Reward” — so maybe this was an early miner, perhaps trying out the new form of digital currency.

Did they know for all these years that they were sitting on a growing fortune?

A wallet inspection of 13EEUaSeyAM7ngeSApemNbUgMf5BCvHDDf
Source: Blockchain.com

The unusual transaction not only highlights the unprecedented return on investment (ROI) that early adopters of Bitcoin have experienced but also shines a spotlight on the enigmatic Satoshi Era.

Spanning from the publication of Bitcoin’s whitepaper in 2008 until Satoshi Nakamoto’s last known communication in early 2011, this period represents the foundational years of Bitcoin.

It is worth noting that the wallet engaged with the Bitcoin network in a total of five transactions, with the sale of 50 BTC marking its most activity since receiving them over fourteen years ago.

The other three transactions, which took place between late 2020 to early 2021, included small-sized deposits, each less than $1.

Nevertheless, the story bridges past and present. It prompts reflection on the journey of Bitcoin, from being the subject of forum discussions among tech enthusiasts to a central player on the global financial stage.

A True HODLer?

One can’t help but admire the foresight of the wallet’s owner, who, whether by design or happenstance (or perhaps simply misplacing his keys for a decade), embodies the essence of the term “HODL” — crypto slang that signifies holding onto one’s investments through the market’s ups and downs.

This term, born from a misspelled word in a forum post, has come to symbolize the steadfast belief in cryptocurrency’s long-term value, a belief that was spectacularly vindicated for the owner of this dormant wallet.

True Bitcoin HODLers are characterized by their strong conviction in the potential of Bitcoin as a store of value, a medium of exchange, or a hedge against traditional financial systems.

Former MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor is likely the most famous major Bitcoin holder with a HODL mentality, reportedly holding 17,000 BTC. His business intelligence company also holds around 193,000 BTC.

Under Saylor’s direction, MicroStrategy began purchasing Bitcoin in August 2020 as part of its treasury management strategy. The move was driven by Saylor’s belief in Bitcoin as a store of value and an attractive investment asset over the long term, especially in the context of depreciating fiat currencies and potential inflation.

Bitcoin Looks Promising as Halving Looms

Bitcoin has been on a roll since late last year, rallying on the optimism surrounding the launch of spot ETFs. While the flagship cryptocurrency briefly paused its upward movement after spot ETF approval, it recently gained momentum and surpassed its previous ATH.

Still, with the Bitcoin halving event scheduled for April 2024, experts predict Bitcoin to surge even higher. The Bitcoin halving is a significant event that has historically had a substantial impact on Bitcoin’s price due to its effect on the supply of new coins entering the market.

The halving event, which occurs approximately every four years, cuts the reward for mining Bitcoin transactions in half. This reduction in the rate at which new Bitcoins are created effectively decreases the supply of new coins, which can lead to increased demand and a subsequent rise in price if demand remains steady or increases.​

In a recent interview with CNBC, entrepreneur and crypto influencer Anthony Pompliano noted that there is 12x more demand for Bitcoin than what is produced by miners every day. He added that if we look at past record-high breaks, three of the four times Bitcoin doubled in 18 days or less.

Pompliano said:

“You add in the fact that halving is coming, … it’s very hard to make an argument that Bitcoin is not going much higher at a faster pace than we all expect.”

However, not everyone is optimistic about Bitcoin’s price performance following the halving event. According to analysts at JPMorgan, the upcoming halving could push prices down to $42,000.

“The Bitcoin production cost has empirically acted as a lower bound for Bitcoin prices,” the analysts wrote in a report last week. They estimated that post-halving production costs could double to about $53,000, leading to a 20% decline in the Bitcoin network’s hashrate, meaning fewer miners would be competing to produce Bitcoins simultaneously.

The analysts wrote:

“This $42,000 estimate is also the level we envisage Bitcoin prices drifting towards once Bitcoin-halving-induced euphoria subsides after April.”

The Bottom Line

The recent awakening of a Satoshi Era Bitcoin wallet underscores the lucrative opportunities in the crypto industry for early adopters and those who were patient enough to hold for years.

As Bitcoin continues to break new all-time highs and with the halving event on the horizon, the cryptocurrency’s future remains a subject of speculation. While some analysts expect further price surges, others remain heedful.

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Ruholamin Haqshanas
Cryptocurrency journalist

Ruholamin is a crypto and financial journalist with over three years of experience. Apart from Techopedia, he has been featured in major news outlets, including Cryptonews, Investing.com, 24/7 Wall St, The Tokenist, Business2Community, and has also worked with some prominent crypto and DeFi projects.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechatronics. Ruholamin enjoys reading about tech developments, writing, and nature-watching