HomeBitcoinInvestors are panicking as Germany holds $2 billion worth of bitcoin (BTC)

Investors are panicking as Germany holds $2 billion worth of bitcoin (BTC)

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Bitcoin Under Selling Pressure from German Government and Mt. Gox Collapse

German Government Sells Millions of Dollars Worth of Bitcoin, Impacting Market Sentiment

The German government has been making headlines in the cryptocurrency world as it continues to sell off its massive haul of bitcoins seized from a now-defunct movie piracy website. The latest round of sales, totaling over $52 million, has sent shockwaves through the market, causing bitcoin prices to plummet.

According to on-chain data tracked by blockchain analysis firm Arkham Intelligence, the German government sold 900 bitcoins in June, followed by an additional 3,000 bitcoins last week, and a further 2,739 bitcoins on Monday. These sales have amounted to roughly $172 million, with the government sending its crypto reserves to exchanges like Coinbase, Bitstamp, and Kraken.

The timing of these sales couldn’t be worse for bitcoin investors, as the cryptocurrency has seen its price drop below $55,000, hitting its lowest level since February 2024. The entire crypto market has shed over $170 billion in market capitalization in a 24-hour period, according to CoinGecko data.

Adding to the selling pressure on bitcoin is the payout of billions of dollars’ worth of bitcoin from the collapsed bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox to creditors. The trustee for the Mt. Gox bankruptcy estate, Nobuaki Kobayashi, has begun making repayments in bitcoin and bitcoin cash to some creditors through designated crypto exchanges.

Despite the negative impact on market sentiment, bitcoin’s price is still up 89% in the last 12 months. With around 19.7 million bitcoins in circulation today, worth $1.1 trillion, investors are closely watching how these sales are affecting the overall mood in the market.

Not everyone is pleased with Germany’s decision to sell its bitcoin holdings, though. Joana Cotar, a member of the German Bundestag, has criticized the government’s choice to sell off the cryptocurrency, suggesting it should be held as a strategic reserve currency instead.

As the German government continues to offload its bitcoin holdings, the cryptocurrency market remains on edge, with investors eagerly awaiting any signs of stabilization.

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