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Ok let me start with I am a novice and please excuse my ignorance(!) Thanks!

A few years ago I went to the bank and deposited cash to buy bitcoin. I had a wallet with a bitcoin address as well as a secure password which I wrote down (I am looking at it as I type). However the computer I used has since been replaced by a new one and I left my country to move abroad without installing the original wallet on my new laptop.

I do have a paper wallet saved but I really need to some advice on what I need to do to access my bitcoin on a new wallet and to see how much my bitcoin is worth.

Any help would be really, really appreciated.

Many thanks

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You need to provide your Recovery Seed (some words eg. 12 words given to you by your Wallet Service Provider) to recover your wallet. I recommend Electrum (supported on several Operating Systems) and Mycelium (the Android app).

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to tool up how much it is…

…although its should not have changed much since back then )

you can easily look up the address if you wrote it down.

just replace with your address: https://blockchain.info/address/1C3RiLE1M5BsGHH5GDhTwjTmYquawd6aKj

and of course there are many other site that do the job of a "blockexplorer" if you need a term to search for.

prices you will find on market places and exchanges like poloniex or kraken.

to actually use the funds

you'll need a wallet software that can read your private key format and can either create a transaction to be transmitted or send it to the network directly. you will find a list to start with: https://www.weusecoins.com/en/find-the-best-bitcoin-wallet/ and some other places like the bitcoin wiki and other forums will give much more.

To convert private key formats you can use – for actual private keys with an offline copy – tools like e.g.

I cannot recommend you anything without knowing what is your device/operating system etc.

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