If I only created an account using Geth, but haven't created wallet anywhere (I'm new to mining), and actually got some Ether, is this Ether really exist and I can somehow use it? Or if I haven't created a wallet before it's lost? (it shows 5 when I type web3.fromWei(eth.getBalance(eth.coinbase), "ether"))

**Edit: I only started doing it for fun, didn't really think I'd actually get some Ether so yes.. I am still learning things about Ethereum, so every help is appreciated, even if for you it seems simple, thanks

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Indeed if you running geth (that is a wallet) on the mainnet and that command returns 5, then you are the proud owner of 5 ethers!

You can send any fraction of these ethers to other accounts on the Ethereum network, including an online exchange wallet if you wanted to turn it into fiat (but I advise against this, you'll want to hold on to those ethers).

Check out this page in the wiki https://github.com/ethereum/wiki/wiki/JavaScript-API. Don't worry about installing web3.js or anything you already have all this in your geth console, just skip to the API reference to view commands you can run.

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