The Grin General Fund recently received an anonymous donation of 50 BTC from one of the first individuals to adopt Bitcoin, a measure that generated rumors that it could have been Satoshi Nakamoto.
Grin is a cryptocurrency focused on privacy that aims to empower anyone to make transactions and save money without fearing external control or oppression. One of its developers, Daniel Lehnberg, recently revealed that the project received a donation of 50 BTC from an address that stored the coins since they were extracted.
A look at the data in the blockchain shows that management extracted the 50 BTC in December 2010, when the block rewards were still 50 BTC and when the cryptocurrency was worth very little. The only transactions the address has are those that receive the coinbase rewards in December 2010 and the donation to Grin this month.
When analyzing the data, the creator of Litecoin, Charlie Lee, said on Telegram that the donation came from the creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. Later, Lee clarified that his comment was a joke, but rumors began to fly, which caused a stir in the crypto community.
Lehnberg revealed in his publication that he managed to interact briefly with the donor, who chose to remain anonymous. The donor said he would not judge how the funds would be spent, which are currently worth around $ 429,240, and assured him that the project was going very well and that “it feels like 2009/2010 again.”
According to reports, the donor added:
IT’S WONDERFUL THAT WE HAVE GRIN NOW, OUR MOTIVES ARE NOT CHEAP! IT IS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND PROTOCOL. PLEASE PUT IT TO GOOD USE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF GRIN … WE SAW YOUR WORK AND YOUR ETHICS TOWARDS THE PROJECT AND YOUR INTEREST-FREE WORK. THIS IS WHAT WE ARE HONORING NOW WITH THESE DONATIONS SO YOU CAN WORK FREELY AT GRIN. WITHOUT ECONOMIC DEPENDENCIES.
The donor added that, hopefully, they judged correctly and “time will tell.” It is worth noting that blockchain data also shows that at the time of the transaction, December 2010, the number of unique addresses in the Bitcoin network increased from 500 to 600.
A unique address if it is often associated with a user, although anyone can, of course, create multiple unique addresses. As the donor mentioned, “it feels like 2009/2010,” it is possible that they entered Bitcoin the year it was created, 2009.
If so, blockchain data shows that the number of unique addresses increased to 100 that year, which could still mean that there are 100 potential candidates, one of them is Satoshi Nakamoto himself.