Is the Monero genesis block reward spendable?

The 50 BTC in the Bitcoin genesis block can never be spent. Are the 17.592186 XMR from the Monero genesis block capable of being spent?

If they cannot be spent, would transactions from that block (assuming someone had the private key to authorize them) be rejected for the same reason as Bitcoin?

Satoshi decided not to add the coinbase transaction from the genesis block to the global transaction database. Thus all the nodes in the network would reject the block.

Can the address (if we knew what it was) associated with this tx hash that received coins from the first Monero block receive XMR transactions the same way that the Bitcoin address associated with the genenis block has?

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It is spendable. There are a lot of clones which use the genesis block reward as premined coins

  • Did they try to spend those yet ? :)
    – user36303
    Aug 7, 2017 at 15:35
  • I helped a couple of networks doing that and it requires just a small edit in the code to spend. Is it unsafe?
    – slb
    Aug 7, 2017 at 23:26
  • I have no reason to think it would be. I just pointed out that your answer did not quite imply they could be spent yet :)
    – user36303
    Aug 8, 2017 at 9:47
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    Can you reference the source code or in some way prove that they are spendable? Aug 9, 2017 at 6:08
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    Here are the changes for Bytecoin (it should be easily portable to Monero): github.com/forknote/cryptonote-generator/blob/master/extensions/…
    – slb
    Aug 26, 2017 at 22:56

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