08 May

Yesterday, reports emerged indicating that a Bitcoin wallet dating back to the "Satoshi Nakamoto era" had been activated. Satoshi Nakamoto is the pseudonymous individual credited with creating Bitcoin, who mysteriously disappeared in 2011.

The Bitcoin wallet from Satoshi Nakamoto's early years

Yesterday's news revolves around the Bitcoin address 15WZNLACuvcDrrBL2btDErJggnaMQtHh5G. The wallet associated with this address, which dates back to the "Satoshi Nakamoto era," became active with a significant transaction. 

Specifically, it sent 687 BTC, valued at approximately $42.7 million, to two Segwit addresses, indicating a transfer to newer generation addresses.

Although this wallet received various small BTC amounts over the years, particularly between 2020 and 2021, as well as in 2018, 2016, 2015, and 2014, its most substantial transaction occurred in January 2014 when it received 687.33 BTC. Nearly all of this BTC was transferred yesterday to the aforementioned new addresses.

This activity suggests that the wallet was likely created in 2014.

The era of Satoshi  

The individual known as Satoshi Nakamoto publicly released the Bitcoin white paper in late October 2008. In early 2009, Nakamoto was the first to engage in Bitcoin mining, effectively launching the Bitcoin blockchain.

Throughout 2009, Nakamoto played a central role in guiding the development and expansion of the Bitcoin project. However, by 2010, others began to take on more prominent roles, with Nakamoto's contributions dwindling. Nakamoto's last significant involvement in Bitcoin development occurred in December 2010.

In April 2011, Nakamoto sent their final known email, and since then, no further communication or activity has been attributed to them. Consequently, the era associated with Nakamoto lasted from late 2008 to late 2010, with some minor activity extending into the first half of 2011.

Based on these insights, it's clear that the wallet 15WZNLACuvcDrrBL2btDErJggnaMQtHh5G cannot be attributed to the Satoshi era. By the time this wallet was created, Satoshi Nakamoto had been absent for nearly three years, and significant events like the first halving in November 2012 and the first major speculative bubble in 2013 had already occurred.

The true transition point from the pioneering era of Bitcoin to subsequent periods can be pinpointed to the 2012 halving. As this wallet emerged after this event, it falls outside the Satoshi era.

Between 2009 and 2012, two crucial developments marked the end of Bitcoin's pioneering era: the introduction of BTC on exchanges in 2010 and Satoshi's disappearance in 2011. Notably, the first significant price bubble of Bitcoin occurred after Satoshi's disappearance, with the price surpassing $1 for the first time and reaching over $25 within a few weeks before retracting sharply to below $3.

This bubble marked the effective conclusion of Bitcoin's pioneering era, setting the stage for subsequent developments, including the commencement of the next price bubble shortly after the 2012 halving.

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