$116M worth of pre-mined Ethereum, which had been dormant for 8 years, has been resurrected.

$116M worth of pre-mined Ethereum, which had been dormant for 8 years, has been resurrected.

The Rise of Pre-Mined Ethereum: A Testament to the Long-Term Hodling Strategy

In a recent development, a wallet address containing pre-mined Ethereum worth $116 million moved its entire stash of 61,216 Ether (ETH) to an address on the Kraken crypto exchange after being dormant for eight years1. This event sheds light on the significance of the hodling strategy, where investors hold onto their crypto tokens for the long term.

The Origins of Pre-Mined Ethereum

During the early days of the Ethereum ecosystem in June 2014, a sale event took place, allowing early team members and co-founders to participate and accumulate pre-mined Ether2. At that time, the network was unable to generate tokens on its own. The value of Ether during the pre-mine period ranged from $300 to $400, making the wallet worth approximately $20 million3. Fast forward eight years, and the tokens are now worth more than $116 million4.

The Activation of a Dormant Wallet

On July 18, 2023, the dormant pre-mine address containing 61,216 ETH worth $116 million was activated5. The tokens were transferred to a Kraken wallet address, as confirmed by Etherscan data6. Surprisingly, the transaction fee for sending $116 million in Ether was a mere $1.5, revealing the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of blockchain technology7. The gas price required for the transaction was 25.475673161 gwei8.

Transaction details in relation to the transfer of 61,216 ETH. Source: Etherscan Transaction details in relation to the transfer of 61,216 ETH. Source: Etherscan

The Importance of Hodling

The identity of the wallet owner remains unknown, but this event highlights the significance of hodling in the crypto industry9. Hodling refers to an investment strategy where investors hold onto their crypto assets for an extended period, allowing them to benefit from potential price appreciation over time10. In this case, the wallet owner’s decision to hold onto the pre-mined Ether for eight years resulted in a substantial increase in value.

Two transactions related to the pre-mined Ether transfer. Source: Etherscan Two transactions related to the pre-mined Ether transfer. Source: Etherscan

The screenshot above demonstrates the cautious approach taken by the owner of the 61,216 ETH. Before initiating the whale transaction, they sent a test transaction of 0.05 ETH to the Kraken address, ensuring the security and accuracy of the transfer11. This attention to detail reflects the importance of minimizing the risk of human error in managing large transactions.

Challenges and Innovations in the Ethereum Ecosystem

At the Ethereum Community Conference event in Paris on July 18, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin addressed some of the challenges faced by developers in implementing new features on the blockchain12. One such feature is account abstraction extensions, commonly known as “paymasters.” These extensions allow users to pay their fees with whichever coins they are transferring13. This innovation has the potential to enhance user experience and streamline transactions.

However, Buterin acknowledged the need to overcome certain obstacles. For instance, upgrading current Ethereum externally-owned accounts into smart contracts would require an Ethereum Improvement Proposal14. Additionally, ensuring the compatibility of the protocol in layer-2 solutions poses another challenge15. Despite these hurdles, the Ethereum ecosystem continues to evolve and innovate to meet the demands of its growing user base.

Conclusion

The activation of a dormant wallet containing pre-mined Ethereum worth $116 million on the Kraken exchange highlights the success of the hodling strategy in the crypto industry. By holding onto their assets for an extended period, investors can witness significant value appreciation. Furthermore, the Ethereum ecosystem continues to tackle challenges and introduce innovative features like account abstraction extensions, paving the way for a more seamless and user-friendly experience.


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  1. A dormant pre-mine address containing 61,216 #ETH (116,396,127 USD) has just been activated after 8.0 years! – Whale Alert (@whale_alert) July 18, 2023↩︎

  2. A dormant pre-mine address containing 61,216 #ETH (116,396,127 USD) has just been activated after 8.0 years! – Whale Alert (@whale_alert) July 18, 2023↩︎

  3. A dormant pre-mine address containing 61,216 #ETH (116,396,127 USD) has just been activated after 8.0 years! – Whale Alert (@whale_alert) July 18, 2023↩︎

  4. A dormant pre-mine address containing 61,216 #ETH (116,396,127 USD) has just been activated after 8.0 years! – Whale Alert (@whale_alert) July 18, 2023↩︎

  5. A dormant pre-mine address containing 61,216 #ETH (116,396,127 USD) has just been activated after 8.0 years! – Whale Alert (@whale_alert) July 18, 2023↩︎

  6. A dormant pre-mine address containing 61,216 #ETH (116,396,127 USD) has just been activated after 8.0 years! – Whale Alert (@whale_alert) July 18, 2023↩︎

  7. A dormant pre-mine address containing 61,216 #ETH (116,396,127 USD) has just been activated after 8.0 years! – Whale Alert (@whale_alert) July 18, 2023↩︎

  8. A dormant pre-mine address containing 61,216 #ETH (116,396,127 USD) has just been activated after 8.0 years! – Whale Alert (@whale_alert) July 18, 2023↩︎

  9. A dormant pre-mine address containing 61,216 #ETH (116,396,127 USD) has just been activated after 8.0 years! – Whale Alert (@whale_alert) July 18, 2023↩︎

  10. A dormant pre-mine address containing 61,216 #ETH (116,396,127 USD) has just been activated after 8.0 years! – Whale Alert (@whale_alert) July 18, 2023↩︎

  11. A dormant pre-mine address containing 61,216 #ETH (116,396,127 USD) has just been activated after 8.0 years! – Whale Alert (@whale_alert) July 18, 2023↩︎

  12. A dormant pre-mine address containing 61,216 #ETH (116,396,127 USD) has just been activated after 8.0 years! – Whale Alert (@whale_alert) July 18, 2023↩︎

  13. A dormant pre-mine address containing 61,216 #ETH (116,396,127 USD) has just been activated after 8.0 years! – Whale Alert (@whale_alert) July 18, 2023↩︎

  14. A dormant pre-mine address containing 61,216 #ETH (116,396,127 USD) has just been activated after 8.0 years! – Whale Alert (@whale_alert) July 18, 2023↩︎

  15. A dormant pre-mine address containing 61,216 #ETH (116,396,127 USD) has just been activated after 8.0 years! – Whale Alert (@whale_alert) July 18, 2023↩︎

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