USDC Stablecoin to Pass the Audit

Grant Thornton LLP reports that as of October 31, $ 127,412,240.89 were in the Circle vaults
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USD Coin (USDC) from Bitcoin startup Circle is fully provided with a fiat dollar, reports CoinDesk.

The financial review was conducted by Grant Thornton LLP, a US subsidiary of the international organization Grant Thornton International. The latter provides audit, tax and consulting services to private and public companies in 130 countries.

As of October 31, $ 127,412,240.89 were in the Circle vaults. This exceeds the number of tokens in circulation at that time (127,408,827 USDC). Thus, if necessary, the company was able at the end of last month to simultaneously redeem all the tokens released to the market.

According to Grant Thornton, Circle’s financial audit was conducted in accordance with the certification standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Currently, according to CoinMarketCap, there are 162.9 million USDC tokens in circulation.

Earlier, auditors' reports were published by Gemini and Paxos, which are Circle's competitors in this segment of the cryptocurrency market.

In early November, Tether Ltd confirmed its solvency, which still produces the most popular stablecoin USDT. However, two weeks later, information appeared that the US Department of Justice was investigating possible manipulations by Tether and Bitfinex during the 2017 price rally.

Wilsons Auctions to Sell Crypto

$390 000 worth cryptocurrency was seized by the enforcement agency of Belgian government
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On February 28, the North Irish auction house Wilsons Auctions will sell the cryptocurrency seized by the Belgian government in the case of drug trafficking through darknet. The total value of the coins sold will be approximately $ 390k. This is reported by the Financial Times.

A total of about 315 coins without a reserve price, including 104.99 BTC, BCH and BTG, will be put up for online auction. Assets will be sold in several lots from 0.5 BTC to 4 BTC each. Lots for BCH and BTG will contain more coins.

We are thrilled to be awarded this first of its kind contract with the Belgium Federal Government to sell seized cryptocurrency, allowing us to open up the opportunity of investing to new buyers. Following huge investment into our systems and infrastructure, we are able to offer government and law enforcement agencies worldwide, a secure solution so that the ever-increasing problem of seized cryptocurrencies can be managed by a reputable auction company with significant experience dealing with seized assets.
 

 Aidan Larkin

Head of asset recovery, Wilsons Auctions

The bitcoins put up for auction were seized back in 2017 by the Belgian police from drug dealers. The Belgian government took time to enact laws governing the liquidation of confiscated digital assets, similar to the traditional financial industry.

Recall that in early January, Wilsons Auctions held the first online auction for the sale of 167.7 Monero coins, seized by law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom in accordance with the Law on Income from Criminal Activities.