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Bitcoin entrepreneur donates $10G to college

A bitcoin entrepreneur has made a $10,000 virtual

A bitcoin entrepreneur has made a $10,000 virtual donation to the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. The university said on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, that it had received a donation of 14.5 coins of the digital currency, which it has converted into dollars. This bitcoin transaction took place Jan. 25, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / Joe Raedle

TACOMA, Wash. - In what may be the first college donation of the new electronic currency, a Bitcoin entrepreneur has made a $10,000 virtual donation to a Washington state liberal arts college.

The University of Puget Sound said on Wednesday it had received a donation of 14.5 coins of the digital currency, which it has converted into more traditional dollars.

Nicolas Cary, 27, graduated from the university in 2007 and now runs Blockchain, which supports the online currency market. The CEO said he wanted to make the gift in the money that is central to his life and career.

He believes the donation is the first Bitcoin gift to a U.S. college or university.

Bitcoin is an open-source currency affiliated with no country or bank.

Peer-to-peer trading began in 2009.

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