Bitcoin in 2009: A Surreal Look Into The First Bitcoin Transactions Using A Blockchain Explorer


Jan 3rd, 2009, Satoshi began mining the genesis block. Bitcoin was born.

Block 0 – January 03, 2009 at 10:15 AM PST

Mined by1A1zP1eP5QGefi2DMPTfTL5SLmv7DivfNa (50 BTC – unspent)

Using the Bitcoin explorer, you can locate the address.

On the 672nd page of this address’ transaction history, the actual coinbase transaction appears:

The first 9 blocks, (blocks 0 – 8) all went unspent. A balance of 50 BTC still remain in each wallet.

Block 0 – January 03, 2009 at 10:15 AM PST Mined by → 1A1zP1eP5QGefi2DMPTfTL5SLmv7DivfNa (50 BTC – unspent) Block 1 – January 08, 2009 at 6:54 PM PST Mined by → 12c6DSiU4Rq3P4ZxziKxzrL5LmMBrzjrJX (50 BTC – unspent) Block 2 – January 08, 2009 at 6:55 PM PST Mined by → 1HLoD9E4SDFFPDiYfNYnkBLQ85Y51J3Zb1 (50 BTC – unspent) Block 3 – January 08, 2009 at 7:02 PM PST Mined by → 1FvzCLoTPGANNjWoUo6jUGuAG3wg1w4YjR (50 BTC – unspent) Block 4 – January 08, 2009 at 7:16 PM PST Mined by → 15ubicBBWFnvoZLT7GiU2qxjRaKJPdkDM (50 BTC – unspent) Block 5 – January 08, 2009 at 7:23 PM PST Mined by → 1JfbZRwdDHKZmuiZgYArJZhcuuzuw2HuMu (50 BTC – unspent) Block 6 – January 08, 2009 at 7:29 PM PST Mined by → 1GkQmKAmHtNfnD3LHhTkewJxKHVSta4m2a (50 BTC – unspent) Block 7 – January 08, 2009 at 7:39 PM PST Mined by → 16LoW7y83wtawMg5XmT4M3Q7EdjjUmenjM (50 BTC – unspent) Block 8 – January 08, 2009 at 7:45 PM PST Mined by → 1J6PYEzr4CUoGbnXrELyHszoTSz3wCsCaj (50 BTC – unspent)

Five days after mining block 0, Satoshi mined block 9. Unlike the first 8 blocks, the BTC rewards from block 9 did not go unspent. Satoshi would ultimately send some BTC from the following wallet:

Block 9 – January 08, 2009 at 9:54 PM CST Mined by → 12cbQLTFMXRnSzktFkuoG3eHoMeFtpTu3S (50 BTC – spent)

Three days later, Satoshi sent 10 BTC to Hal Finney, shown by the following transaction:

12cbQLTFMXRnSzktFkuoG3eHoMeFtpTu3S → 10 BTC → 1Q2TWHE3GMdB6BZKafqwxXtWAWgFt5Jvm3

Below is a screenshot of Hal Finney’s Bitcoin wallet in 2009. On the second to last row, you can see that he received 10 BTC from the address, 1Q2TWHE3GMdB6BZKafqwxXtWAWgFt5Jvm3, aka Satoshi.

The Original Bitcoin Client (2009)

This transaction from Satoshi to Hal Finney is special. The first transaction of eventual billions to come:

First Peer-to-Peer Transaction on Bitcoin Network

The next day, Satoshi sent four different addresses some Bitcoin. The identities behind these four addresses remain unknown. Possibly, he sent it to the next four people who downloaded the BTC client.

13HtsYzne8xVPdGDnmJX8gHgBZerAfJGEf, 1LzBzVqEeuQyjD2mRWHes3dgWrT9titxvq 1DUDsfc23Dv9sPMEk5RsrtfzCw5ofi5sVW, 1ByLSV2gLRcuqUmfdYcpPQH8Npm8cccsFg

The wallet Satoshi used to send the first P2P Bitcoin transaction, as well as distribute some BTC to other people afterward, is still holding some BTC. The wallet has received a total of 195.4 BTC ($5,828,935) and sent a total of 177 BTC ($5,279,025). It holds 18.4 BTC as of today ($549,910).

There are other documented Satoshi-owned wallets visible on the blockchain, such as 1PhUXucRd8FzQved2KGK3g1eKfTHPGjgFu or 1NSwywA5Dvuyw89sfs3oLPvLiDNGf48cPD, both owned by Satoshi based on emails.

I wanted to just focus on the earliest Satoshi-controlled Bitcoin wallets today, but there are other Satoshi wallets, traceable on the Blockchain too. Satoshi has many untraceable Bitcoin wallets too.

I hope maybe someone found this interesting, but if not, I enjoyed putting together this already known information on a single Reddit post.

There is more to this rabbit hole, namely just some guy living in Malta, but that’s for another day …

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