$100 in 1959 is worth $1,593.24 today

Why a dollar today is worth only 6% of a dollar in 1959

Updated: April 13, 2021

$100 in 1959 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1,593.24 today, an increase of $1,493.24 over 62 years. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 4.57% per year between 1959 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 1,493.24%.

This means that today's prices are 15.93 times higher than average prices since 1959, according to the Bureau of Statistics consumer price index. A dollar today only buys 6.28% of what it could buy back then.

The 1959 inflation rate was 2.78%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2020 to 2021) is now 1.55%1. If this number holds, $100 today will be equivalent in buying power to $101.55 next year.


Inflation from 1959 to 2021
Cumulative price change 1,493.24%
Average inflation rate 4.57%
Converted amount ($100 base) $1,593.24
Price difference ($100 base) $1,493.24
CPI in 1959 7.400
CPI in 2021 117.900
Inflation in 1959 2.78%
Inflation in 2021 1.55%
$100 in 1959 $1,593.24 in 2021

AUD Inflation since 1922
Annual Rate, the Bureau of Statistics CPI
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Buying power of $100 in 1959

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1959 (price index tracking began in 1922).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $1,593.24 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100 is equivalent to $1,593.24 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single Australian 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 1959 dollars, the chart below shows how $100 is worth less over 62 years.

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

Dollar inflation: 1959-2021
Year Dollar Value Inflation Rate
1959 $100.00 2.78%
1960 $104.05 4.05%
1961 $105.41 1.30%
1962 $105.41 0.00%
1963 $106.76 1.28%
1964 $109.46 2.53%
1965 $113.51 3.70%
1966 $116.22 2.38%
1967 $120.27 3.49%
1968 $124.32 3.37%
1969 $128.38 3.26%
1970 $132.43 3.16%
1971 $140.54 6.12%
1972 $148.65 5.77%
1973 $162.16 9.09%
1974 $187.84 15.83%
1975 $216.22 15.11%
1976 $244.59 13.13%
1977 $274.32 12.15%
1978 $295.95 7.88%
1979 $322.97 9.13%
1980 $356.76 10.46%
1981 $390.54 9.47%
1982 $433.78 11.07%
1983 $478.38 10.28%
1984 $497.30 3.95%
1985 $529.73 6.52%
1986 $578.38 9.18%
1987 $627.03 8.41%
1988 $672.97 7.33%
1989 $722.97 7.43%
1990 $777.03 7.48%
1991 $801.35 3.13%
1992 $809.46 1.01%
1993 $822.97 1.67%
1994 $839.19 1.97%
1995 $878.38 4.67%
1996 $901.35 2.62%
1997 $904.05 0.30%
1998 $910.81 0.75%
1999 $924.32 1.48%
2000 $966.22 4.53%
2001 $1,008.11 4.34%
2002 $1,039.19 3.08%
2003 $1,067.57 2.73%
2004 $1,091.89 2.28%
2005 $1,121.62 2.72%
2006 $1,160.81 3.49%
2007 $1,187.84 2.33%
2008 $1,240.54 4.44%
2009 $1,262.16 1.74%
2010 $1,298.65 2.89%
2011 $1,341.89 3.33%
2012 $1,364.86 1.71%
2013 $1,398.65 2.48%
2014 $1,433.78 2.51%
2015 $1,455.41 1.51%
2016 $1,474.32 1.30%
2017 $1,502.70 1.92%
2018 $1,531.08 1.89%
2019 $1,555.41 1.59%
2020 $1,568.92 0.87%
2021 $1,593.24 1.55%*
* 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 1959 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 1,493.24% change in prices:

Conversion: 1959 dollars today
Initial value Equivalent value
$1 dollar in 1959 $15.93 dollars today
$5 dollars in 1959 $79.66 dollars today
$10 dollars in 1959 $159.32 dollars today
$50 dollars in 1959 $796.62 dollars today
$100 dollars in 1959 $1,593.24 dollars today
$500 dollars in 1959 $7,966.22 dollars today
$1,000 dollars in 1959 $15,932.43 dollars today
$5,000 dollars in 1959 $79,662.16 dollars today
$10,000 dollars in 1959 $159,324.32 dollars today
$50,000 dollars in 1959 $796,621.62 dollars today
$100,000 dollars in 1959 $1,593,243.24 dollars today
$500,000 dollars in 1959 $7,966,216.22 dollars today
$1,000,000 dollars in 1959 $15,932,432.43 dollars today

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for $100 since 1959

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1959 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1959
×
1959 AUD value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The Australian CPI was 7.4 in the year 1959 and 117.9 in 2021:

117.97.4
×
$100
=
$1,593.24

$100 in 1959 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1,593.24 in 2021.

To get the total inflation rate for the 62 years between 1959 and 2021, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2021 - CPI in 1959CPI in 1959
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (62 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

117.9 - 7.47.4
×
100
=
1,493%

News headlines from 1959

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

  • Hawaii becomes the 50th state of the United States of America.
  • Luna I is the first spacecraft to leave the Earth's gravity.
  • Fidel Castro becomes the 16th Prime Minister of Cuba after overthrowing Batista.
  • The Dalai Lama flees China after India grants him political asylum.

Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the government of Australia's annual (CPI) as provided by the Reserve Bank of Australia. The consumer price index was established in 1922 and is tracked by Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “Value of 1959 dollars today | Australia Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 29 Apr. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/australia/inflation/1959.

Special thanks to QuickChart for their chart image API, which is used for chart downloads.

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


Ian Webster

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.

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Inflation from 1959 to 2021
Cumulative price change 1,493.24%
Average inflation rate 4.57%
Converted amount ($100 base) $1,593.24
Price difference ($100 base) $1,493.24
CPI in 1959 7.400
CPI in 2021 117.900
Inflation in 1959 2.78%
Inflation in 2021 1.55%
$100 in 1959 $1,593.24 in 2021