In Pursuit of the Almighty's Dollar: A History of Money and American Protestantism

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APPENDIX B
Historical Price Series Conversion Scale

The price series in the table below is based on John J. McCusker, How Much is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States (Worcester, Mass.: American Antiquarian Society, 1992), supplemented by the Consumer Price Index for 1991 to 2001. To get, for example, the value in 1991 of $100 in 1820 dollars, divide 1629 by 141 and multiply by $100: 1629/141 X $100 = $1,155; to find the value in 1820 of $100 in 1991 dollars reverse the numerator and denominator: 141/1629 X $100 = $8.65. McCusker's book also contains tables and methodologies for converting colonial-era pounds to post-Revolution dollars.

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