889.5 mln – this is the amount of XRP wired by Ripple in six separate transactions over the past eight hours, as reported by Whale Alert.
This is the second time Ripple has unleashed such a massive amount of its XRP coin. Previously, as ‘tradition’ has it, on June 1, the blockchain giant took one billion XRP from its escrow before putting 800 mln back.
Ripple moves 800 mln XRP, extra Ripple escrow suspected
800 mln XRP was sent from Ripple’s OTC distribution wallet to four different anonymous addresses. This gargantuan sum in crypto totals slightly over $162.32 mln.
In the comment thread, some users tweeted that this could be some crypto whale accumulating the fourth biggest currency by market cap.
The analytic site Bithomp shows that all the four addresses were activated by a RL18-VN user.
Curiously, two years ago, user David Kaye wrote a blog post on eToro sharing data that Ripple had activated forty escrow wallets using the RL18-VN nickname.
Ripple moved 400 mln XRP to two of those wallets, splitting them in transactions bearing 200 mln each.
The author of the blog post assumes that Ripple might be locking up this crypto for use at a later date.
89.5 mln XRP sent prior to that
Before transferring the 800 mln XRP, Ripple wired 89.5 mln XRP ($18,207,566) to wallets with unregistered owners.
The Bithomb website shows that 49 mln XRP went to the institutional custodial service BitGo and 40 mln XRP was again sent to a wallet set up by the aforementioned RL18-VN user.