Dormant Bitcoin Wallets Stir to Life After 10+ Years, Moving $7 Million worth BTC

Dormant Bitcoin Wallets Stir to Life After 10+ Years, Moving $7 Million worth BTC

Damian Kovac
2 min read

Dormant Bitcoin Wallets Reactivated, Igniting Speculation in Crypto Community

A dormant Bitcoin wallet, dormant for over 12 years, recently came to life, moving 119 BTC valued at around $7 million. This wallet's sudden activity, reported by Whale Alert, has sparked intense speculation in the crypto community. The 119 BTC, initially worth just $599 in 2012, has seen a staggering 11.6 million percent increase in value due to Bitcoin's soaring prices.

Another wallet reactivated 43 BTC after 10.4 years on the previous day. Earlier in the week, a wallet from June 2011 moved 33.99 BTC, now valued at over $2.1 million, split into two parts with minimal transaction fees. This wallet's bitcoins were part of a 50 BTC block reward from July 2010, then valued under $1, and have been subject to sporadic transactions, possibly linked to "dusting attacks."

These events have fueled discussions about the origins of such early bitcoins, with some speculating a connection to Bitcoin's creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. However, no evidence supports this theory.

Key Takeaways

  • A dormant Bitcoin wallet with 119 BTC ($7 million) activated after 12.4 years.
  • 119 BTC, worth $599 in 2012, surged over 11.6 million percent in value.
  • Another dormant wallet with 43 BTC ($2.6 million) reactivated after 10.4 years.
  • A 2011 dormant wallet with 33.99 BTC ($2.1 million) split into two portions.
  • 1.75 million Bitcoin wallets inactive for over 10 years hold 1.8 million BTC.


The reactivation of long-dormant Bitcoin wallets could signal a shift in hodling strategies or recovery of lost access. These movements, potentially impacting Bitcoin's liquidity and market sentiment, might also hint at broader adoption or speculative trading. Long-term, such events could influence Bitcoin's price stability and investor behavior, potentially drawing more attention to long-term hodling as a strategy.

Did You Know?

  • Dusting Attacks:
    • Explanation: Dusting attacks are a type of cryptocurrency attack where small amounts of crypto (referred to as "dust") are sent to multiple wallet addresses. The purpose is to link these addresses together, potentially revealing the identity of the wallet owner or compromising their privacy. This is done by forcing the recipients to interact with the dust, thereby leaving a traceable transaction history.
  • Satoshi Nakamoto:
    • Explanation: Satoshi Nakamoto is the pseudonymous individual or group of people who developed Bitcoin and created its original reference implementation. As part of the implementation, they also devised the first blockchain database. Nakamoto was active in the development of bitcoin up until December 2010. Despite being the public figurehead for Bitcoin's creation, their true identity remains unknown.

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