I accidentally transferred the money from coinbase BTC account To Bittrex BCH account. It has yet to show up in either accounts. Can someone help?

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I realise the question is a few months old, and no response from OP, so maybe resolved.

But to answer the question for anyone stumbling across this in future, there's a good chance the coins can be recovered for now, but it depends on the address used. If it's a "1" address, then the private key can be used by both bitcoin cash and bitcoin. It's likely a manual task for the support team though, so unlikely they will be too happy about this!

Sending to a "3" address may be different, if it's a plain old multisig it could be recovered (I believe, as that's not been tampered with), but if it's a SegWit address, it may be recoverable - for anyone! Bitcoin cash has no concept of SegWit, so the coins really are "anyone can spend", and in fact someone did claim them all at one point (not sure on the ethics/legality of that one, but that's another topic).

Immediately after the release of the bitcoin cash fork, all bitcoin addresses were valid on the new chain. The good news is bitcoin cash is switching to a new address type see this question, so should cut down on the amount of issues this will cause in future.


If you have sent BTC to a BCH address your coins are lost.

BCH is not bitcoin it is an altcoin with it's own blockchain, it has been deliberately created by its creators to deceive people into thinking it is bitcoin.

  • The coins must be somewhere? They can't just be in a dead state / lost? Should there not be an alert on the exchange if someone were to move BTC to BCH? Commented Dec 12, 2017 at 14:09
  • The answer is incorrect, the coins are recoverable so as long as the service is happy to assist with the recovery. You will need to contact Bittrex for help.
    – rny
    Commented Dec 12, 2017 at 14:35
  • You're wrong. The same private key can be used in both chains for that address. Commented Dec 13, 2017 at 6:10

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