$1.50 in 1860 → $42.21 in 2017

The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.15% per year between 1860 and 2017. $1.50 in the year 1860 is worth $42.21 in 2017.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 1.88%1.


U.S. inflation chart since 1665


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News headlines from 1860

Politics and news often play an important role in economic performance.

  • Abraham Lincoln becomes the 16th President of the U.S.
  • Slavery ends in the Dutch East Indies.


Inflation Data Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual (CPI), established in 1913. Inflation data from 1665 to 1912 is sourced from a historical study conducted by political science professor Robert Sahr at Oregon State University.


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