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Don’t Panic! Germany’s Bitcoin Sale is Just Standard Procedure

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Teuta Franjkovic
Last Updated 11 seconds ago
By Teuta Franjkovic
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Key Takeaways

  • Germany is only selling seized bitcoins, not all of its holdings.
  • Recent Bitcoin price drops are due to broader market forces, not just Germany selling. 
  • Government-seized Bitcoin sales only make up a small portion of the overall market.

Earlier this year, Germany’s Criminal Police Office (LKA) seized 49,857 bitcoins valued at almost $3 billion from Movie2k.to, a website involved in money laundering and other illicit activities. 

After lying dormant for months, reports suddenly surfaced of a wallet linked to the German government steadily offloading hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin, sending shockwaves. 

Headlines screaming ‘Governments dumping Bitcoin’ spread like wildfire and rattled market confidence, even going as far as pushing Bitcoin to levels not seen in months. However, beyond the sensational headlines lies a nuanced reality—one that challenges the initial panic and suggests the market’s reaction may be overblown. 

Saxony Implements Usual Legal Procedures in $2.2Bn Bitcoin Sale

While several reports and alerts accused the German government of dumping Bitcoin, it’s important to clarify that only Saxony, a relatively small state with a huge stash of Bitcoins, is actually conducting the sales.

Saxony’s decision to dump its bitcoins follows strict legal protocols set by the World Bank  for handling assets seized in criminal investigations, which mandates liquidation within a specific timeframe. 

Typically, seized assets are sold only after judicial approval, but states can request emergency sales in the face of rapid devaluation or storage challenges. Saxony’s decision to expedite the sale stems from concerns over Bitcoin’s volatility.

While Saxony initially flooded the market with its bitcoins, the state is now grappling with an oversupply issue, as exchanges have returned over $200 million due to lower-than-anticipated demand for its assets. It’s likely s

However, recent transactions indicate a possible oversell, as Saxony received $200 million back  from exchanges, suggesting a lower-than-expected demand for the large volume of Bitcoin put up for sale. The state may likely resort to offloading its stash over the counter, as Justin Sun suggested.

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Germany’s Debate: Strategic Error or Smart Move?

While Saxony adheres to the World Bank’s guidelines, its decision to dump bitcoins has drawn criticism from the crypto community.

Joana Cotar, a member of the German Bundestag, recently expressed on X  that the government should retain Bitcoin as a “strategic reserve currency” instead of selling it.

Tron founder Justin Sun even proposed  buying Bitcoin directly from the German government to lessen the adverse effects on market prices.

Critics have even argued that Germany’s conversion of Bitcoin into fiat currency, totaling over $390 million in recent transactions, could represent a strategic error. They contend that exchanging Bitcoin for fiat, which can be infinitely produced, is unfavorable compared to retaining Bitcoin, which is scarce and requires significant energy to mine.

From a geopolitical perspective, some believe Germany is missing an opportunity by not holding onto Bitcoin, citing its scarcity and the extensive energy involved in its production as advantages over fiat currency.

The decision by Germany to offload part of its Bitcoin holdings has sparked considerable discussion within the cryptocurrency community, underscoring its wider market and geopolitical ramifications. However, the effects, in retrospect, may be overblown. 

Bitcoin Recovers to $59K Amid Market Fluctuations, with Minimal Impact from Government-Seized Assets.

According to statistics from CryptoQuant, provided by Ki Young Ju, Bitcoin has accumulated approximately $224 billion since 2023, with only 4% stemming from government-seized assets. The data indicates that government-seized Bitcoin has contributed $9 billion to the market value since 2023.

According to him, the market reactions to government-linked wallet sell-offs are generally exaggerated , considering the overall value of Bitcoin inflows over the past year.

This market cap data suggests that government-owned Bitcoins hold minimal and insignificant influence compared to broader market funds. The realized market cap, a distinctive valuation method for Bitcoin, is employed here. It calculates based on the last transaction price of each Bitcoin from its current location, offering a more accurate representation of how much fiat money has flowed into Bitcoin.

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At press time, Bitcoin exchanged hands at $58,958 , regaining some of its losses over the past week. The cryptocurrency experienced significant declines recently, marking the steepest drop since the beginning of the bull cycle at the 2022 low. Despite ongoing challenges, bulls need to drive it past the $60,000 threshold for Bitcoin’s price to ascend again.

 

 

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