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Date: Sunday, August 21, 2005 Six posts follow, as well as Steven Welch's original query at the end: 1. From: Brent Wilson <mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org> I found this site and think it might be useful: http://www.nber.org/databases/macrohistory/contents/de.html Hope this helps. D. Brent Wilson Univ. of Louisville 2. From: John Rutledge <mailto: email@example.com> Out of my field, but here's a good place to start looking: <http://www.ex.ac.uk/~RDavies/arian/current/howmuch.html%23tools> [Ed.: must cut and paste address into browser.] John Rutledge 3. From: Easton, Laird <mailto:LEaston@csuchico.edu> Dear Dr. Welch, I don't know if this would be useful or not, but there is a Table of Monetary Equivalents in 1995 U.S. Dollars which runs from 1903 to 1925 and compares dollars to marks to French and Belgian francs. It can be found in the back of _Max Beckmann, Self-Portrait in Words: Collected Writings and Statements, 1903-1950_, ed. Barbara Copeland Buenger (Univ of Chicago Press, 1997). Its sources are Scott Derks, ed., _The Value of a Dollar: Prices and Incomes in the United States, 1860-1989_ (Detroit: Gale Research, 1994) and R.L. Bidwell, _Currency Conversion Tables: A Hundred Years of Change_ (London: Rex Collings, 1970). Good luck, Laird Easton California State University, Chico 4. From: Scott M. Eddie <mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org> Depending on what you want, eh.net has a section "How much was that?" that has German exchange rates with the US dollar back to 1913, and another on the purchasing power of the U.S. dollar from 1665 to 2003. They do not have any series on the purchasing power of the German (Reichs) mark, however, but combining the two series I have mentioned could give at least a rough idea of the purchasing power of German currency at a given date from 1913 onwards. Scott Eddie Scott M. Eddie University of Toronto 5. From: Juergen Fenn <mailto: juergen.fenn@GMX.DE> Try googling for "Geldwert", "Kaufkraft", "historische Wechselkurse", etc. The German Federal Statistical Bureau (http://www.destatis.de) does not seem to have such a table online, AFAICS. I have only found a table showing inflation rates since 1948 at http://www.destatis.de/download/d/preis/jahr_ab_1948.pdf I suggest you try to reach the person responsible at destatis for help (under "Preise"): http://www.destatis.de/allg/d/ansp/proser32_d.htm Regards, Juergen Fenn 6. From: Harold Marcuse <mailto: email@example.com> Many years ago I scanned and uploaded the Mark-Dollar (and -Pound) tables for 1915-1969 from R.L. Bidwell, _Currency Conversion Tables_, 1970, pp. 22ff. You can find links to the scans at: <http://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/marcuse/hmlinks.htm%23currency> [Ed.: must cut and past address into browser.] Based on my resolution to update the portions of my aging website that contain information people ask about, I'm creating a separate, better-formatted and slightly more informative page at: http://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/marcuse/projects/currency.htm Original Query: From: Steven Welch <mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2005 Subject: Historical German currency values Do any members know of an internet site that gives exchange values for German currency for the first half of 20th century in some form that enables comparison with today? The French INSEE has a site that gives the purchasing power in 2004 Euros of the Franc each year of the twentieth century (http://www.insee.fr/en/indicateur/achatfranc.htm). Is there a German equivalent? Dr Steven R. Welch