# £1 in 1789 is worth £153.82 today

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## Value of £1 from 1789 to 2020

According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, today's prices in 2020 are 15,281.67% higher than average prices since 1789. The British pound experienced an average inflation rate of 2.20% per year during this period, causing the real value of a pound to decrease.

In other words, £1 in 1789 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £153.82 in 2020, a difference of £152.82 over 231 years.

The 1789 inflation rate was -1.33%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2019 to 2020) is now 1.50%1. If this number holds, £1 today will be equivalent in buying power to £1.01 next year.

 Cumulative price change 15,281.67% Average inflation rate 2.20% Converted amount (£1 base) £153.82 Price difference (£1 base) £152.82 CPI in 1789 7.400 CPI in 2020 1,138.243 Inflation in 1789 -1.33% Inflation in 2020 1.50%

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

## Buying power of £1 in 1789

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for £1 in 1789 (price index tracking began in 1750).

For example, if you started with £1, you would need to end with £153.82 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When £1 is equivalent to £153.82 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 1789 dollars, the chart below shows how £1 is worth less over 231 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: 1789-2020
Year Pound Value Inflation Rate
1789 £1.00 -1.33%
1790 £1.01 1.35%
1791 £1.01 0.00%
1792 £1.03 1.33%
1793 £1.05 2.63%
1794 £1.15 8.97%
1795 £1.27 10.59%
1796 £1.35 6.38%
1797 £1.22 -10.00%
1798 £1.19 -2.22%
1799 £1.34 12.50%
1800 £1.82 36.36%
1801 £2.04 11.85%
1802 £1.57 -23.18%
1803 £1.49 -5.17%
1804 £1.53 2.73%
1805 £1.77 15.93%
1806 £1.70 -3.82%
1807 £1.66 -2.38%
1808 £1.73 4.07%
1809 £1.89 9.37%
1810 £1.95 2.86%
1811 £1.89 -2.78%
1812 £2.15 13.57%
1813 £2.20 2.52%
1814 £1.92 -12.88%
1815 £1.72 -10.56%
1816 £1.57 -8.66%
1817 £1.78 13.79%
1818 £1.78 0.00%
1819 £1.74 -2.27%
1820 £1.58 -9.30%
1821 £1.39 -11.97%
1822 £1.20 -13.59%
1823 £1.28 6.74%
1824 £1.39 8.42%
1825 £1.64 17.48%
1826 £1.54 -5.79%
1827 £1.45 -6.14%
1828 £1.41 -2.80%
1829 £1.39 -0.96%
1830 £1.34 -3.88%
1831 £1.47 10.10%
1832 £1.36 -7.34%
1833 £1.28 -5.94%
1834 £1.18 -8.42%
1835 £1.20 2.30%
1836 £1.34 11.24%
1837 £1.36 2.02%
1838 £1.38 0.99%
1839 £1.47 6.86%
1840 £1.50 1.83%
1841 £1.47 -1.80%
1842 £1.35 -8.26%
1843 £1.20 -11.00%
1844 £1.20 0.00%
1845 £1.26 4.49%
1846 £1.31 4.30%
1847 £1.47 12.37%
1848 £1.28 -12.84%
1849 £1.20 -6.32%
1850 £1.14 -5.62%
1851 £1.09 -3.57%
1852 £1.09 0.00%
1853 £1.20 9.88%
1854 £1.38 14.61%
1855 £1.42 2.94%
1856 £1.42 0.00%
1857 £1.35 -4.76%
1858 £1.23 -9.00%
1859 £1.22 -1.10%
1860 £1.26 3.33%
1861 £1.28 2.15%
1862 £1.26 -2.11%
1863 £1.22 -3.23%
1864 £1.20 -1.11%
1865 £1.22 1.12%
1866 £1.28 5.56%
1867 £1.36 6.32%
1868 £1.35 -0.99%
1869 £1.28 -5.00%
1870 £1.28 0.00%
1871 £1.30 1.05%
1872 £1.35 4.17%
1873 £1.41 4.00%
1874 £1.35 -3.85%
1875 £1.32 -2.00%
1876 £1.32 0.00%
1877 £1.31 -1.02%
1878 £1.28 -2.06%
1879 £1.23 -4.21%
1880 £1.27 3.30%
1881 £1.26 -1.06%
1882 £1.27 1.08%
1883 £1.26 -1.06%
1884 £1.23 -2.15%
1885 £1.19 -3.30%
1886 £1.18 -1.14%
1887 £1.16 -1.15%
1888 £1.18 1.16%
1889 £1.19 1.15%
1890 £1.19 0.00%
1891 £1.20 1.14%
1892 £1.20 0.00%
1893 £1.19 -1.12%
1894 £1.18 -1.14%
1895 £1.16 -1.15%
1896 £1.15 -1.16%
1897 £1.18 2.35%
1898 £1.18 0.00%
1899 £1.19 1.15%
1900 £1.24 4.55%
1901 £1.24 0.00%
1902 £1.24 0.00%
1903 £1.26 1.09%
1904 £1.26 0.00%
1905 £1.26 0.00%
1906 £1.26 0.00%
1907 £1.27 1.08%
1908 £1.27 0.00%
1909 £1.28 1.06%
1910 £1.30 1.05%
1911 £1.30 0.00%
1912 £1.34 3.13%
1913 £1.32 -1.01%
1914 £1.32 0.00%
1915 £1.49 12.24%
1916 £1.76 18.18%
1917 £2.20 25.38%
1918 £2.69 22.09%
1919 £2.96 10.05%
1920 £3.42 15.53%
1921 £3.12 -8.70%
1922 £2.69 -13.85%
1923 £2.53 -6.03%
1924 £2.51 -0.53%
1925 £2.51 0.00%
1926 £2.50 -0.54%
1927 £2.43 -2.70%
1928 £2.43 0.00%
1929 £2.41 -1.11%
1930 £2.34 -2.81%
1931 £2.24 -4.05%
1932 £2.19 -2.41%
1933 £2.14 -2.47%
1934 £2.14 0.00%
1935 £2.15 0.63%
1936 £2.16 0.63%
1937 £2.24 3.75%
1938 £2.27 1.20%
1939 £2.34 2.98%
1940 £2.73 16.76%
1941 £3.03 10.89%
1942 £3.24 7.14%
1943 £3.35 3.33%
1944 £3.45 2.82%
1945 £3.54 2.75%
1946 £3.65 3.05%
1947 £3.91 7.04%
1948 £4.20 7.61%
1949 £4.32 2.89%
1950 £4.46 3.13%
1951 £4.86 9.09%
1952 £5.31 9.17%
1953 £5.47 3.05%
1954 £5.58 1.98%
1955 £5.82 4.36%
1956 £6.12 5.10%
1957 £6.34 3.53%
1958 £6.54 3.20%
1959 £6.57 0.41%
1960 £6.64 1.03%
1961 £6.86 3.46%
1962 £7.16 4.33%
1963 £7.30 1.89%
1964 £7.54 3.33%
1965 £7.89 4.66%
1966 £8.20 3.94%
1967 £8.42 2.64%
1968 £8.81 4.65%
1969 £9.28 5.37%
1970 £9.88 6.40%
1971 £10.81 9.44%
1972 £11.58 7.13%
1973 £12.64 9.10%
1974 £14.66 16.04%
1975 £18.22 24.24%
1976 £21.23 16.54%
1977 £24.59 15.85%
1978 £26.64 8.30%
1979 £30.20 13.39%
1980 £35.64 17.99%
1981 £39.86 11.87%
1982 £43.30 8.61%
1983 £45.28 4.59%
1984 £47.54 4.98%
1985 £50.43 6.08%
1986 £52.15 3.40%
1987 £54.32 4.17%
1988 £56.99 4.90%
1989 £61.42 7.78%
1990 £67.23 9.46%
1991 £71.18 5.87%
1992 £73.84 3.74%
1993 £75.01 1.59%
1994 £76.82 2.41%
1995 £79.49 3.47%
1996 £81.41 2.41%
1997 £83.96 3.14%
1998 £86.84 3.43%
1999 £88.18 1.54%
2000 £90.78 2.96%
2001 £92.39 1.77%
2002 £93.93 1.67%
2003 £96.65 2.89%
2004 £99.53 2.98%
2005 £102.34 2.82%
2006 £105.61 3.20%
2007 £110.14 4.29%
2008 £114.53 3.99%
2009 £113.92 -0.53%
2010 £119.18 4.61%
2011 £125.38 5.20%
2012 £129.41 3.21%
2013 £133.34 3.04%
2014 £136.49 2.36%
2015 £137.84 0.99%
2016 £140.23 1.74%
2017 £145.26 3.58%
2018 £148.86 2.48%
2019 £151.54 1.80%
2020 £153.82 1.50%*
* 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 1789 amounts in today's pounds, based on the 15,281.67% change in prices:

Conversion Table: Value of a pound today
Initial value Equivalent value
£1 pound in 1789 £153.82 pounds today
£5 pounds in 1789 £769.08 pounds today
£10 pounds in 1789 £1,538.17 pounds today
£50 pounds in 1789 £7,690.83 pounds today
£100 pounds in 1789 £15,381.67 pounds today
£500 pounds in 1789 £76,908.34 pounds today
£1,000 pounds in 1789 £153,816.67 pounds today
£5,000 pounds in 1789 £769,083.35 pounds today
£10,000 pounds in 1789 £1,538,166.70 pounds today
£50,000 pounds in 1789 £7,690,833.52 pounds today
£100,000 pounds in 1789 £15,381,667.04 pounds today
£500,000 pounds in 1789 £76,908,335.19 pounds today
£1,000,000 pounds in 1789 £153,816,670.37 pounds today

## How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1 since 1789

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1789 and today:

CPI today CPI in 1789
×
1789 GBP value
=
Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.K. CPI was 7.4 in the year 1789 and 1138.2433607545 in 2020:

1138.24336075457.4
×
£1
=
£153.82

£1 in 1789 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £153.82 in 2020.

To get the total inflation rate for the 231 years between 1789 and 2020, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2020 - CPI in 1789CPI in 1789
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (231 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

1138.2433607545 - 7.47.4
×
100
=
15,282%

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

• George Washington is elected President and John Adams is elected Vice-President by the first US Electoral College.
• William Wilberforce proposes the abolition of slavery in the United Kingdom House of Commons.
• The fall of the Bastille Prison marks the beginning of the French Revolution

## 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: “£1 in 1789 → 2020 | UK Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 18 Sep. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/uk/inflation/1789?amount=1.

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