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What's a Dollar worth ?


As Voltaire said in 1729 “paper money eventually goes down to its intrinsic value – zero.”

The Federal Reserve of Minneapolis has a neat site.
You may want to check it out.

To equal the purchasing power of $1 in 1913 you need to spend $ 18.11 in 2002
                                          1920                   $ 8.97
                                          1930                   $ 10.74
                                          1940                   $ 12.81
                                          1950                   $  7.44
                                          1960                   $  6.06
                                          1970                   $  4.62
                                          1975                   $  3.33
                                          1980                   $  2.18
                                          1985                   $  1.67
                                          1990                   $  1.37
                                          1995                   $  1.18