# \$100 in 1923 is worth \$726.09 in 1986

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## Value of \$100 from 1923 to 1986

According to Statistics Canada consumer price index, prices in 1986 are 626.09% higher than average prices since 1923. The Canadian dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.20% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, \$100 in 1923 is equivalent in purchasing power to about \$726.09 in 1986, a difference of \$626.09 over 63 years.

The 1923 inflation rate was 0.00%. The inflation rate in 1986 was 4.21%. The 1986 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.12% per year between 1986 and 2020.

 Cumulative price change 626.09% Average inflation rate 3.20% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$726.09 Price difference (\$100 base) \$626.09 CPI in 1923 9.200 CPI in 1986 66.800 Inflation in 1923 0.00% Inflation in 1986 4.21%

CAD Inflation since 1914
Annual Rate, Statistics Canada CPI

## Buying power of \$100 in 1923

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for \$100 in 1923 (price index tracking began in 1914).

For example, if you started with \$100, you would need to end with \$726.09 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When \$100 is equivalent to \$726.09 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single Canadian dollar decreases over time. In other words, a dollar will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a dollar over time. By calculating the value in 1923 dollars, the chart below shows how \$100 is worth less over 63 years.

According to Statistics Canada, each of these CAD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Dollar inflation: 1923-1986
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1923 \$100.00 -
1924 \$98.91 -1.09%
1925 \$101.09 2.20%
1926 \$100.00 -1.08%
1927 \$98.91 -1.09%
1928 \$100.00 1.10%
1929 \$102.17 2.17%
1930 \$95.65 -6.38%
1931 \$85.87 -10.23%
1932 \$79.35 -7.59%
1933 \$77.17 -2.74%
1934 \$78.26 1.41%
1935 \$80.43 2.78%
1936 \$81.52 1.35%
1937 \$84.78 4.00%
1938 \$82.61 -2.56%
1939 \$84.78 2.63%
1940 \$89.13 5.13%
1941 \$94.57 6.10%
1942 \$97.83 3.45%
1943 \$100.00 2.22%
1944 \$97.83 -2.17%
1945 \$100.00 2.22%
1946 \$105.43 5.43%
1947 \$120.65 14.43%
1948 \$131.52 9.01%
1949 \$132.61 0.83%
1950 \$140.22 5.74%
1951 \$155.43 10.85%
1952 \$153.26 -1.40%
1953 \$153.26 0.00%
1954 \$153.26 0.00%
1955 \$154.35 0.71%
1956 \$158.70 2.82%
1957 \$161.96 2.05%
1958 \$166.30 2.68%
1959 \$168.48 1.31%
1960 \$170.65 1.29%
1961 \$170.65 0.00%
1962 \$173.91 1.91%
1963 \$177.17 1.88%
1964 \$180.43 1.84%
1965 \$185.87 3.01%
1966 \$192.39 3.51%
1967 \$200.00 3.95%
1968 \$208.70 4.35%
1969 \$218.48 4.69%
1970 \$220.65 1.00%
1971 \$231.52 4.93%
1972 \$243.48 5.16%
1973 \$266.30 9.38%
1974 \$300.00 12.65%
1975 \$328.26 9.42%
1976 \$346.74 5.63%
1977 \$379.35 9.40%
1978 \$411.96 8.60%
1979 \$452.17 9.76%
1980 \$502.17 11.06%
1981 \$563.04 12.12%
1982 \$615.22 9.27%
1983 \$643.48 4.59%
1984 \$667.39 3.72%
1985 \$696.74 4.40%
1986 \$726.09 4.21%
1987 \$756.52 4.19%
1988 \$785.87 3.88%
1989 \$827.17 5.26%
1990 \$868.48 4.99%
1991 \$901.09 3.75%
1992 \$920.65 2.17%
1993 \$935.87 1.65%
1994 \$938.04 0.23%
1995 \$954.35 1.74%
1996 \$975.00 2.16%
1997 \$982.61 0.78%
1998 \$992.39 1.00%
1999 \$1,018.48 2.63%
2000 \$1,051.09 3.20%
2001 \$1,058.70 0.72%
2002 \$1,098.91 3.80%
2003 \$1,121.74 2.08%
2004 \$1,145.65 2.13%
2005 \$1,169.57 2.09%
2006 \$1,189.13 1.67%
2007 \$1,217.39 2.38%
2008 \$1,231.52 1.16%
2009 \$1,247.83 1.32%
2010 \$1,277.17 2.35%
2011 \$1,306.52 2.30%
2012 \$1,317.39 0.83%
2013 \$1,333.70 1.24%
2014 \$1,353.26 1.47%
2015 \$1,375.00 1.61%
2016 \$1,395.65 1.50%
2017 \$1,417.39 1.56%
2018 \$1,421.74 0.31%
2019 \$1,450.00 1.99%
2020 \$1,482.61 2.25%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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This conversion table shows various other 1923 amounts in 1986 dollars, based on the 626.09% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a dollar in 1986
Initial value Equivalent value
\$1 dollar in 1923 \$7.26 dollars in 1986
\$5 dollars in 1923 \$36.30 dollars in 1986
\$10 dollars in 1923 \$72.61 dollars in 1986
\$50 dollars in 1923 \$363.04 dollars in 1986
\$100 dollars in 1923 \$726.09 dollars in 1986
\$500 dollars in 1923 \$3,630.43 dollars in 1986
\$1,000 dollars in 1923 \$7,260.87 dollars in 1986
\$5,000 dollars in 1923 \$36,304.35 dollars in 1986
\$10,000 dollars in 1923 \$72,608.70 dollars in 1986
\$50,000 dollars in 1923 \$363,043.48 dollars in 1986
\$100,000 dollars in 1923 \$726,086.96 dollars in 1986
\$500,000 dollars in 1923 \$3,630,434.78 dollars in 1986
\$1,000,000 dollars in 1923 \$7,260,869.57 dollars in 1986

## How to Calculate Inflation Rate for \$100, 1923 to 1986

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1923 and 1986:

CPI in 1986 CPI in 1923
×
1923 CAD value
=
1986 CAD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Canadian CPI was 9.2 in the year 1923 and 66.8 in 1986:

66.89.2
×
\$100
=
\$726.09

\$100 in 1923 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as \$726.09 in 1986.

To get the total inflation rate for the 63 years between 1923 and 1986, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1986 - CPI in 1923CPI in 1923
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (63 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

66.8 - 9.29.2
×
100
=
626%

## News headlines from 1923

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

• The inner burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb is opened, leading to the finding of the sarcophagus by Howard Carter.
• The Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio is founded.
• Lenin's "Political Testament" is issued which calls for Stalin's removal.
• In Germany, 5,000 storm troopers demonstrate against the 'November crime', Hitler is arrested after seeking to take advantage of the chaotic conditions.

## Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the government of Canada's annual Consumer Price Index (CPI), established in 1914 and computed by Statistics Canada (StatCan).

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “1923 dollars in 1986 | Canada Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 4 Jun. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/1923-CAD-in-1986.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.

#### About the author

Ian Webster is an engineer and data expert based in San Mateo, California. He has worked for Google, NASA, and consulted for governments around the world on data pipelines and data analysis. Disappointed by the lack of clear resources on the impacts of inflation on economic indicators, Ian believes this website serves as a valuable public tool. Ian earned his degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

 Cumulative price change 626.09% Average inflation rate 3.20% Converted amount (\$100 base) \$726.09 Price difference (\$100 base) \$626.09 CPI in 1923 9.200 CPI in 1986 66.800 Inflation in 1923 0.00% Inflation in 1986 4.21%