# £50 in 1776 is worth £8,405.44 today

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## Value of £50 from 1776 to 2021

£50 in 1776 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £8,405.44 today, an increase of £8,355.44 over 245 years. The pound had an average inflation rate of 2.11% per year between 1776 and today, producing a cumulative price increase of 16,710.88%.

This means that today's prices are 168.11 times higher than average prices since 1776, according to the Office for National Statistics composite price index. A pound today only buys 0.59% of what it could buy back then.

The 1776 inflation rate was -1.43%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2020 to 2021) is now 0.70%1. If this number holds, £50 today will be equivalent in buying power to £50.35 next year.

 Cumulative price change 16,710.88% Average inflation rate 2.11% Converted amount (£50 base) £8,405.44 Price difference (£50 base) £8,355.44 CPI in 1776 6.900 CPI in 2021 1,159.951 Inflation in 1776 -1.43% Inflation in 2021 0.70% £50 in 1776 £8,405.44 in 2021

GBP Inflation since 1750
Annual Rate, the Office for National Statistics CPI

## Buying power of £50 in 1776

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for £50 in 1776 (price index tracking began in 1750).

For example, if you started with £50, you would need to end with £8,405.44 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When £50 is equivalent to £8,405.44 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single U.K. pound decreases over time. In other words, a pound will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a pound over time. By calculating the value in 1776 dollars, the chart below shows how £50 is worth less over 245 years.

According to the Office for National Statistics, each of these GBP amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Pound inflation: 1776-2021
Year Pound Value Inflation Rate
1776 £50.00 -1.43%
1777 £50.00 0.00%
1778 £51.45 2.90%
1779 £47.10 -8.45%
1780 £45.65 -3.08%
1781 £47.83 4.76%
1782 £48.55 1.52%
1783 £54.35 11.94%
1784 £55.07 1.33%
1785 £52.17 -5.26%
1786 £52.17 0.00%
1787 £52.17 0.00%
1788 £54.35 4.17%
1789 £53.62 -1.33%
1790 £54.35 1.35%
1791 £54.35 0.00%
1792 £55.07 1.33%
1793 £56.52 2.63%
1794 £61.59 8.97%
1795 £68.12 10.59%
1796 £72.46 6.38%
1797 £65.22 -10.00%
1798 £63.77 -2.22%
1799 £71.74 12.50%
1800 £97.83 36.36%
1801 £109.42 11.85%
1802 £84.06 -23.18%
1803 £79.71 -5.17%
1804 £81.88 2.73%
1805 £94.93 15.93%
1806 £91.30 -3.82%
1807 £89.13 -2.38%
1808 £92.75 4.07%
1809 £101.45 9.37%
1810 £104.35 2.86%
1811 £101.45 -2.78%
1812 £115.22 13.57%
1813 £118.12 2.52%
1814 £102.90 -12.88%
1815 £92.03 -10.56%
1816 £84.06 -8.66%
1817 £95.65 13.79%
1818 £95.65 0.00%
1819 £93.48 -2.27%
1820 £84.78 -9.30%
1821 £74.64 -11.97%
1822 £64.49 -13.59%
1823 £68.84 6.74%
1824 £74.64 8.42%
1825 £87.68 17.48%
1826 £82.61 -5.79%
1827 £77.54 -6.14%
1828 £75.36 -2.80%
1829 £74.64 -0.96%
1830 £71.74 -3.88%
1831 £78.99 10.10%
1832 £73.19 -7.34%
1833 £68.84 -5.94%
1834 £63.04 -8.42%
1835 £64.49 2.30%
1836 £71.74 11.24%
1837 £73.19 2.02%
1838 £73.91 0.99%
1839 £78.99 6.86%
1840 £80.43 1.83%
1841 £78.99 -1.80%
1842 £72.46 -8.26%
1843 £64.49 -11.00%
1844 £64.49 0.00%
1845 £67.39 4.49%
1846 £70.29 4.30%
1847 £78.99 12.37%
1848 £68.84 -12.84%
1849 £64.49 -6.32%
1850 £60.87 -5.62%
1851 £58.70 -3.57%
1852 £58.70 0.00%
1853 £64.49 9.88%
1854 £73.91 14.61%
1855 £76.09 2.94%
1856 £76.09 0.00%
1857 £72.46 -4.76%
1858 £65.94 -9.00%
1859 £65.22 -1.10%
1860 £67.39 3.33%
1861 £68.84 2.15%
1862 £67.39 -2.11%
1863 £65.22 -3.23%
1864 £64.49 -1.11%
1865 £65.22 1.12%
1866 £68.84 5.56%
1867 £73.19 6.32%
1868 £72.46 -0.99%
1869 £68.84 -5.00%
1870 £68.84 0.00%
1871 £69.57 1.05%
1872 £72.46 4.17%
1873 £75.36 4.00%
1874 £72.46 -3.85%
1875 £71.01 -2.00%
1876 £71.01 0.00%
1877 £70.29 -1.02%
1878 £68.84 -2.06%
1879 £65.94 -4.21%
1880 £68.12 3.30%
1881 £67.39 -1.06%
1882 £68.12 1.08%
1883 £67.39 -1.06%
1884 £65.94 -2.15%
1885 £63.77 -3.30%
1886 £63.04 -1.14%
1887 £62.32 -1.15%
1888 £63.04 1.16%
1889 £63.77 1.15%
1890 £63.77 0.00%
1891 £64.49 1.14%
1892 £64.49 0.00%
1893 £63.77 -1.12%
1894 £63.04 -1.14%
1895 £62.32 -1.15%
1896 £61.59 -1.16%
1897 £63.04 2.35%
1898 £63.04 0.00%
1899 £63.77 1.15%
1900 £66.67 4.55%
1901 £66.67 0.00%
1902 £66.67 0.00%
1903 £67.39 1.09%
1904 £67.39 0.00%
1905 £67.39 0.00%
1906 £67.39 0.00%
1907 £68.12 1.08%
1908 £68.12 0.00%
1909 £68.84 1.06%
1910 £69.57 1.05%
1911 £69.57 0.00%
1912 £71.74 3.13%
1913 £71.01 -1.01%
1914 £71.01 0.00%
1915 £79.71 12.24%
1916 £94.20 18.18%
1917 £118.12 25.38%
1918 £144.20 22.09%
1919 £158.70 10.05%
1920 £183.33 15.53%
1921 £167.39 -8.70%
1922 £144.20 -13.85%
1923 £135.51 -6.03%
1924 £134.78 -0.53%
1925 £134.78 0.00%
1926 £134.06 -0.54%
1927 £130.43 -2.70%
1928 £130.43 0.00%
1929 £128.99 -1.11%
1930 £125.36 -2.81%
1931 £120.29 -4.05%
1932 £117.39 -2.41%
1933 £114.49 -2.47%
1934 £114.49 0.00%
1935 £115.22 0.63%
1936 £115.94 0.63%
1937 £120.29 3.75%
1938 £121.74 1.20%
1939 £125.36 2.98%
1940 £146.38 16.76%
1941 £162.32 10.89%
1942 £173.91 7.14%
1943 £179.71 3.33%
1944 £184.78 2.82%
1945 £189.86 2.75%
1946 £195.65 3.05%
1947 £209.42 7.04%
1948 £225.36 7.61%
1949 £231.88 2.89%
1950 £239.13 3.13%
1951 £260.87 9.09%
1952 £284.78 9.17%
1953 £293.48 3.05%
1954 £299.28 1.98%
1955 £312.32 4.36%
1956 £328.26 5.10%
1957 £339.86 3.53%
1958 £350.72 3.20%
1959 £352.17 0.41%
1960 £355.80 1.03%
1961 £368.12 3.46%
1962 £384.06 4.33%
1963 £391.30 1.89%
1964 £404.35 3.33%
1965 £423.19 4.66%
1966 £439.86 3.94%
1967 £451.45 2.64%
1968 £472.46 4.65%
1969 £497.83 5.37%
1970 £529.71 6.40%
1971 £579.71 9.44%
1972 £621.01 7.13%
1973 £677.54 9.10%
1974 £786.23 16.04%
1975 £976.81 24.24%
1976 £1,138.41 16.54%
1977 £1,318.84 15.85%
1978 £1,428.26 8.30%
1979 £1,619.57 13.39%
1980 £1,910.87 17.99%
1981 £2,137.68 11.87%
1982 £2,321.74 8.61%
1983 £2,428.26 4.59%
1984 £2,549.28 4.98%
1985 £2,704.35 6.08%
1986 £2,796.38 3.40%
1987 £2,913.04 4.17%
1988 £3,055.80 4.90%
1989 £3,293.48 7.78%
1990 £3,605.07 9.46%
1991 £3,816.67 5.87%
1992 £3,959.42 3.74%
1993 £4,022.46 1.59%
1994 £4,119.57 2.41%
1995 £4,262.32 3.47%
1996 £4,365.22 2.41%
1997 £4,502.17 3.14%
1998 £4,656.52 3.43%
1999 £4,728.26 1.54%
2000 £4,868.12 2.96%
2001 £4,954.35 1.77%
2002 £5,036.96 1.67%
2003 £5,182.61 2.89%
2004 £5,336.96 2.98%
2005 £5,487.68 2.82%
2006 £5,663.04 3.20%
2007 £5,905.80 4.29%
2008 £6,141.30 3.99%
2009 £6,108.70 -0.53%
2010 £6,390.58 4.61%
2011 £6,723.19 5.20%
2012 £6,939.13 3.21%
2013 £7,150.00 3.04%
2014 £7,318.84 2.36%
2015 £7,391.30 0.99%
2016 £7,519.57 1.74%
2017 £7,789.13 3.58%
2018 £7,999.44 2.70%
2019 £8,199.42 2.50%
2020 £8,347.01 1.80%
2021 £8,405.44 0.70%*
* 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 1776 amounts in today's pounds, based on the 16,710.88% change in prices:

Conversion: 1776 pounds today
Initial value Equivalent value
£1 pound in 1776 £168.11 pounds today
£5 pounds in 1776 £840.54 pounds today
£10 pounds in 1776 £1,681.09 pounds today
£50 pounds in 1776 £8,405.44 pounds today
£100 pounds in 1776 £16,810.88 pounds today
£500 pounds in 1776 £84,054.42 pounds today
£1,000 pounds in 1776 £168,108.83 pounds today
£5,000 pounds in 1776 £840,544.16 pounds today
£10,000 pounds in 1776 £1,681,088.32 pounds today
£50,000 pounds in 1776 £8,405,441.58 pounds today
£100,000 pounds in 1776 £16,810,883.16 pounds today
£500,000 pounds in 1776 £84,054,415.80 pounds today
£1,000,000 pounds in 1776 £168,108,831.59 pounds today

## How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £50 since 1776

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1776 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1776
×
1776 GBP value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.K. CPI was 6.9 in the year 1776 and 1159.950938 in 2021:

1159.9509386.9
×
£50
=
£8,405.44

£50 in 1776 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £8,405.44 in 2021.

To get the total inflation rate for the 245 years between 1776 and 2021, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2021 - CPI in 1776CPI in 1776
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (245 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

1159.950938 - 6.96.9
×
100
=
16,711%

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

• Austria outlaws interrogation and torture.
• Thomas Paine issues Common Sense, a pamphlet advocating American independence.
• 56 people formally sign the U.S. Declaration of Independence
• The United States Congress officially releases the Declaration of Independence.
• United States of America gets its official name
• British troops capture Fort Washington.

## Data Source & Citation

Raw data for these calculations comes from the composite price index published by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS). A composite index is created by combining price data from several different published sources, both official and unofficial. The Consumer Price Index, normally used to compute inflation, has only been tracked since 1988. All inflation calculations after 1988 use the Office for National Statistics' Consumer Price Index, except for 2017, which is based on The Bank of England's forecast.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “£50 in 1776 → 2021 | UK Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 3 Aug. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/uk/inflation/1776?amount=50.

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 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 16,710.88% Average inflation rate 2.11% Converted amount (£50 base) £8,405.44 Price difference (£50 base) £8,355.44 CPI in 1776 6.900 CPI in 2021 1,159.951 Inflation in 1776 -1.43% Inflation in 2021 0.70% £50 in 1776 £8,405.44 in 2021