$1 in 1859 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $1 in 1860. The dollar had an average inflation rate of 0.00% per year between 1859 and 1860, producing a cumulative price increase of 0.00%. Purchasing power decreased by 0.00% in 1860 compared to 1859. On average, you would have to spend 0.00% more money in 1860 than in 1859 for the same item.

The 1859 inflation rate was 1.22%. The inflation rate in 1860 was 0.00%. The 1860 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.19% per year between 1860 and 2021.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the consumer price index (CPI). The CPI in 1860 was 8.30. It was 8.30 in the previous year, 1859. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to officially determine inflation.

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Average inflation rate | 0.00% |

Converted amount ($1 base) | $1 |

Price difference ($1 base) | $0.00 |

CPI in 1859 | 8.300 |

CPI in 1860 | 8.300 |

Inflation in 1859 | 1.22% |

Inflation in 1860 | 0.00% |

$1 in 1859 | $1 in 1860 |

Inflation can also vary widely by country. For comparison, in the UK £1.00 in 1859 would be equivalent to £1.03 in 1860, an absolute change of £0.03 and a cumulative change of 3.33%.

Compare these numbers to the US's overall absolute change of $0.00 and total percent change of 0.00%.

CPI is the weighted combination of many categories of spending that are tracked by the government. Breaking down these categories helps explain the main drivers behind price changes. This chart shows the average rate of inflation for select CPI categories between 1859 and 1860.

Compare these values to the overall average of 0.00% per year:

Category | Avg Inflation (%) | Total Inflation (%) | $1 in 1859 → 1860 |
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Food and beverages | 0.00 | 0.00 | 1.00 |

Housing | 0.00 | 0.00 | 1.00 |

Apparel | 0.00 | 0.00 | 1.00 |

Transportation | 0.00 | 0.00 | 1.00 |

Medical care | 0.00 | 0.00 | 1.00 |

Recreation | 0.00 | 0.00 | 1.00 |

Education and communication | 0.00 | 0.00 | 1.00 |

Other goods and services | 0.00 | 0.00 | 1.00 |

For all these visualizations, it's important to note that not all categories may have been tracked since 1859. This table and charts use the earliest available data for each category.

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1859 and 1860:

CPI in 1860
CPI in 1859

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1859 USD value

=

1860 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.S. CPI was 8.3 in the year 1859 and 8.3 in 1860:

8.38.3

×

$1

=

$1 in 1859 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $1 in 1860.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1859 and 1860, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1860 - CPI in 1859CPI in 1859

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100

=

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

8.3 - 8.38.3

×

100

=

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

- Codex Sinaiticus is discovered in Egypt
- On the Origin of Species, is published by English naturalist Charles Darwin.
- A law is passed by the French Government, attempting to standardize musical pitch.

Raw data for these calculations comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index (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.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “Inflation Rate in 1860 | Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 26 Sep. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/inflation-rate-in-1860.

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.

Average inflation rate | 0.00% |

Converted amount ($1 base) | $1 |

Price difference ($1 base) | $0.00 |

CPI in 1859 | 8.300 |

CPI in 1860 | 8.300 |

Inflation in 1859 | 1.22% |

Inflation in 1860 | 0.00% |

$1 in 1859 | $1 in 1860 |