I am a complete newbie. I transferred money to my coin base paper wallet before printing my private key. Now, I see my btc in wallet but could not retrieve my key by going back on my browser...Are they gone?

  • If you don't have your private key its probably gone. check your cache though. It might be in there. How much did you lose? A public key will not be able to be resolved to a private key. For something like that you want a brain wallet which is deterministic. – Joe White Dec 9 '13 at 5:56
  • Thanks Joe, I have 4.5 btc, I have the public key, the wallet, but not the private key, I can't find it in my cache, but maybe a forensic search? I did copy/paste the private key improperly, so there is a record...somewhere... – user10457 Dec 9 '13 at 6:59
  • You say you "copy/pasted it improperly". Where did you paste it? – us2012 Dec 9 '13 at 10:34
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    Can you describe, in as much detail as possible, how you generated the "paper wallet"? – David Schwartz Dec 9 '13 at 12:11
  • I generated the wallet via coin base. I copied and pasted the private key first, and it was rejected. Then I copied and pasted the public key and it worked...i transferred the btc...When i went back on my browser to retrieve the private key, the page was gone...just like that...Can't I recover via my web history??? – user10457 Dec 10 '13 at 6:33

If you have no record of the private key stored the funds are lost forever, or more correctly you just can never spend them again. As you never had the private key stored on a hard drive, there's not anything you can do to recover it.

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  • Not even through my cache? – user10457 Dec 10 '13 at 7:44
  • If you dumped your RAM the second you realised, maybe. Now? Not a chance. – Anonymous Dec 10 '13 at 8:12
  1. If you 0 currency in the CoinBase wallet you can forget that one and make a new wallet.

  2. CoinBase is an exchange... money in cryptocurrency out. Each time You use CoinBase it automatically generates a new wallet for that Transaction.

  3. When you login, CoinBase takes you directly to your accounts... you never really see your keys. They're automated behind the scene. So you are automatically connected to your public address (key). You can generate a new wallet somewhere else... if you have any currency in your CoinBase account you can send it to your new Wallet... the one you now have both public and private keys for.

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