Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said the government has received more than 171,000 certified purchase orders for the petro, the country’s sponsored cryptocurrency.
In his Twitter post, the country’s top executive claimed that 40.8 percent of the purchase orders were in U.S. dollars, 6.5 percent were in euros, 18.4 percent were in ethereum and 33.8 percent were in bitcoin.
Furthermore, Maduro claimed that more than 3,500 companies placed bids for petro tokens. The remaining 82,000 purchasers are individuals, according to Venezuela-based news group c.
“Hasta el día de hoy hemos recibido 171 mil ofertas de intención de compras certificadas para el Petro, 40.8% en $, 6.5% en €, 18.4% en Ethereum , 33.8% en Bitcoin, de las cuales 3523 ofertas son de empresas”
[To date we have received 171 thousand offers of intention of purchases certified for the Petro, 40.8% in $, 6.5% in €, 18.4% in Ethereum, 33.8% in Bitcoin, of which 3523 offers are from companies] the leader said as translated in English.
As of writing, no information was provided as to who the purchasers are, or what certification procedures were followed.
Despite these claims, the Caracas Chronicles pointed out that no petro tokens have yet been distributed to any potential purchasers.
Maduro last week claimed that the petro pre-sale, which will continue through the beginning of March, raised $735 million during its first day, as previously reported. However, he has not released any evidence to support this number.