Bitcoin locked over $4800

First cyptocurrency continues its growth on the background of big events planned
10 October

Continuing steady growth on Monday, October 9, the first crypto currency went to levels above $ 4800. As of 08:00 GMT on Tuesday, the average weighted bitcoin rate, according to Coinmarketcap, was $ 4,819.58, but subsequently dropped to $ 4,802.47 to a moment of press.

The observed increase in the price of bitcoin occurs against the background of the expected Bitcoin Gold hardfork later in October and the growing disagreements in the community regarding the SegWit2x. The latter, if nothing extraordinary happens, SegWit2x will have to happen in November.

Both hardforks assume the releaze of new coins for users, which is why high trading volumes are happening last 24 hours. Bitfinex, Bithumb, BitFlyer, HitBTC and GDAX exchanges became the top five leaders in the volume of deals with Bitcoin at this hour.

Over the past 24 hours, bitcoin has risen in price almost by 5%, while its dominance index with total capitalization of $ 152 billion is over 52%.

Bitcoin Charts
Bitcoin Charts

At the same time, we can see that whole bunch of altcoins are losing their "weight". 

Top ten cryptocurrencies chart
Top ten cryptocurrencies chart

As you can see on the chart above, besides Bitcoin, only NEM continues to grow. It gained more than 8.85% in last 24 hours.

US Government to sell seized BTC and BCH

Government attorneys from Utah to sell the 513.1490393 BTC and equal amount of BCH, that were seized during anti-drug operation in 2016
15 December

The U.S. authorities is planning to sell off confiscated bitcoins seized during an drug case that are now worth almost $10 million. This is reported by the CoinDesk. 

Government attorneys in Utah are now working to sell the 513.1490393 bitcoins (BTC), worth approximately $8.7 million at current prices. An almost equal number of bitcoin cash (BCH) will also be sold (512.9274588), with value near to $949,000.

The BTC and BCH have been transferred to a government wallet. Due to the volatile market for cryptocurrencies, the BTC and BCH risk losing value during the pendency of the forfeiture proceedings ... For these reasons, the United States seeks an interlocutory sale.
 

US Government court order

 

Cryptocurrencies will be sold and converted into US dollars using one or more commercial cryptocurrency exchanges in increments of 50 coins or less. Proceeds will be deposited into the Treasury Forfeiture Fund Suspense account.

Dale Kimball, U.S. district judge, approved the sale of confiscated cryptocurrencies on Dec. 12 after the prosecutors in the case filed a request for the sale on the same day.

The drug crime case involves a Aaron Shamo, who was charged with running a multimillion-dollar opioid drug ring out of a Salt Lake City suburb in Nov. 2016. It was one of the largest busts of this kind in the country.