Bitcoin (BTC) worth over $7.2 billion is still controlled by the United States government — but its losses are mounting.
Data from on-chain analytics firm Glassnode shows that Washington’s seized bitcoins total 210,429 BTC as of Oct. 31.
195,000 BTC sold, $6.3 billion down
The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are well known — perhaps accidentally — as being one of the world’s largest Bitcoin whales.
Through various legal proceedings, lawmakers have confiscated vast amounts of BTC over the years, and only a small percentage of its takings have been resold at auction.
Those who opted to buy the proceeds have profited considerably, and adding to the irony, the DoJ — more like a Bitcoin newbie than a whale — has been guilty of selling too soon.
According to statistics compiled by Jameson Lopp, co-founder of Bitcoin custody firm Casa, the government has so far missed out on a grand total of $6,323,203,004 in potential gains from its 195,092 BTC sell-off.
No single entity other than Satoshi Nakamoto owns more BTC than the DoJ. The largest corporate BTC treasury, for example, owned by MicroStrategy, currently consists of 158,245 BTC ($5.43 billion), per data from monitoring resource Bitcoin Treasuries.
Heavy Bitcoin bag
Glassnode shows the DoJ stash growing in step with announcements of confiscations.
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In early 2022, its inventory increased by nearly 100,000 BTC — at the time worth $3.6 billion — thanks to legal action against individuals accused of attempting to launder the proceeds of a 2016 hack of major crypto exchange Bitfinex.
Meanwhile, billionaire Tim Draper, one of the original BTC auction bidders, recently accused the U.S. government of suppressing crypto growth.
Having previously predicted a $250,000 BTC price tag for 2022, Draper subsequently claimed that policy failures were “killing the golden goose of Silicon Valley.”
“Regulations smother innovators,” part of an X post from May reads.
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