Ethereum Genesis ICO Whale Sparks Fears With $280M ETH Transfer Close To The Merge

Zinger Key Points
  • A giant whale from the ICO era transferred 145,000 ETH to multiple addresses.
  • Market participants speculated that the transfers could mean imminent sell pressure for ETH.

An Ethereum ETH/USD whale wallet address from the initial coin offering (ICO) era has made a large transfer after three years of dormancy.

What Happened: On-chain activity seen on blockchain explorer Etherscan shows that the whale wallet transferred 145,000 ETH to multiple wallets on Monday.


The wallet address in question belongs to a giant ETH whale from the Ethereum Genesis event, or when the first block of ETH was mined. Essentially, this wallet acquired 150,000 ETH during the ICO in 2014.

The wallet has largely been inactive, barring one transfer of 5,000 ETH sent to crypto exchange Bitfinex in 2019. At the time, ETH’s price was around $219, meaning the value of ETH sold was approximately $1.5 million dollars. 

Monday’s transfer is significantly higher, sparking fears that the whale might be looking to cash in ahead of the Merge to a Proof-of-Stake Ethereum.

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