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US Government to Auction $118 Million in Seized Silk Road Bitcoin, But Experts Say It Won’t Shake the Market

US Government to Auction $118 Million in Seized Silk Road Bitcoin, But Experts Say It Won't Shake the Market

In a recent statement, the United States government has announced its intention to auction approximately $118 million in Bitcoin (BTC) seized during the Silk Road case.

Despite early concerns about possible negative consequences on the crypto market, experts maintain that this sale should not have a significant impact.

The auction comes after the conviction of Ryan Farace and his father, Joseph Farace, for Silk Road-related money laundering conspiracy.

The measure seeks to dispose of around 2,934 BTC, according to a seizure notice dated January 10, which attracted attention on social networks last Wednesday, January 24.

Despite initial speculation about a possible Bitcoin “sell-off ,” many analysts consider the magnitude of this auction to be relatively small compared to recent market activities.

Steven Lubka, Managing Director at Bitcoin exchange Swan Bitcoin, compared the government plans to the recent exits from the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), noting that the government sale pales in comparison.

GBTC has sold 106,575 BTC worth $4.2 billion since its transition to a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund on January 11.

GBTCs last outflow on January 24 was 10,871 BTC, highlighting investors ability to handle larger transactions without substantially affecting the market.

The US government auction represents only 1.5% of its total Bitcoin holdings, estimated at 194,188 BTC

These holdings come from several seizures, including those of Bitfinex in January 2022, the Silk Road case in November 2020, and the seizures of Silk Road hacker James Zhong.

Throughout history, the US government has auctioned Bitcoin since 2014, when venture capitalist Tim Draper acquired nearly 30,000 BTC in an auction.

In a change from historical practices, the government recently adopted a modern strategy to liquidate seized cryptocurrencies.

Instead of sticking to traditional auction methods, authorities are now choosing to leverage digital exchanges as a dynamic platform for the sale of confiscated digital assets.

This contemporary approach not only reflects a recognition of the changing landscape of the cryptocurrency market, but also recognizes the efficiency and accessibility that online exchanges offer in reaching a broader spectrum of potential buyers.

Analysts and market experts anticipate that this auction will not significantly affect the stability of the cryptocurrency market.

Although the sale represents a considerable sum, its scale is small compared to recent BTC market activities, and the resilient crypto community is expected to absorb its effects without major setbacks.

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