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.
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.