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Monthly Grain Prices at Les Halles, Paris. 1549-1698

The datafile: spreadsheet (.xls, 64 Kb)

This file contains monthly prices of wheat, barley and oats in Tournois pounds per setier (156 litre). The data are used in a paper by Nicholas Poynder, Grain storage in theory and history, (.pdf, 40 Kb). Paper presented at the Third Conference of the European Historical Economics Society, Lisbon, October 29-30, 1999.

Other datafile relating to this paper:
Monthly Wheat Prices in Cologne, 1550-1700
Monthly grain prices in England, 1270-1955
Monthly grain prices in Siena, 1550-1694

About this datafile
The prices are in Tournois pounds per setier (156 litre) and were used in a paper by Nicholas Poynder, Grain storage in theory and history, Presented at the Third Conference of the European Historical Economics Society, Lisbon, October 29-30, 1999. The data theirselves are obtained from M Baulant and J Meuvret, Prix des cereales extraits de la mercuriale de Paris (1520-1688): 2 vols. (Paris, 1962). (Vol I and II, p. 4-45 and 45-81).

For people wanting to convert these prices in grams of silver, we provide the grams of silver per Tournois pound in the table below.

 *=Grams of silver per livre tournois
Year	Grams *		Year	Grams   	Year	Grams
1549	16,4983		1600	12,3869		1651	8,7518
1550	15,8793		1601	12,3869		1652	8,2967
1551	15,8793		1602	12,0866		1653	7,7156
1552	15,8793		1603	11,6127		1654	8,7412
1553	15,8793		1604	11,6127		1655	8,7518
1554	15,8793		1605	11,6127		1656	8,0247
1555	15,8793		1606	11,6127		1657	8,0247
1556	15,8793		1607	11,6127		1658	8,0247
1557	15,8793		1608	11,6127		1659	8,0247
1558	15,8793		1609	11,6127		1660	8,0247
1559	15,8793		1610	11,6127		1661	8,0247
1560	15,8793		1611	11,6127		1662	8,0247
1561	15,5399		1612	11,6127		1663	8,0247
1562	14,9971		1613	11,6127		1664	8,0247
1563	14,9971		1614	11,6127		1665	8,0247
1564	14,9971		1615	11,6127		1666	8,9001
1565	14,9971		1616	11,6127		1667	8,7518
1566	14,9971		1617	11,6127		1668	8,7518
1567	14,9971		1618	11,6127		1669	8,7518
1568	14,9971		1619	11,6127		1670	8,7518
1569	14,9971		1620	11,6127		1671	8,7518
1570	14,9971		1621	11,6127		1672	8,7518
1571	14,9971		1622	11,6127		1673	8,7518
1572	14,9971		1623	11,6127		1674	8,7518
1573	14,3972		1624	11,6127		1675	8,7518
1574	13,8435		1625	11,6127		1676	8,7518
1575	13,2299		1626	11,6127		1677	8,7518
1576	12,4114		1627	11,6127		1678	8,7518
1577	12,4114		1628	11,6127		1679	8,7518
1578	12,4114		1629	11,6127		1680	8,7518
1579	12,4114		1630	11,6127		1681	8,7518
1580	12,3926		1631	11,6127		1682	8,7518
1581	12,3869		1632	11,6127		1683	8,7518
1582	12,3869		1633	11,6127		1684	8,7518
1583	12,3869		1634	11,6127		1685	8,6638
1584	12,3869		1635	11,6127		1686	8,4245
1585	12,3869		1636	10,3054		1687	8,4245
1586	12,3869		1637	9,1392		1688	8,4245
1587	12,3869		1638	9,1392		1689	8,4245
1588	12,3869		1639	9,1392		1690	7,9562
1589	12,3869		1640	9,1392		1691	7,9562
1590	12,3869		1641	9,0649		1692	8,0247
1591	12,3869		1642	8,7518		1693	8,2270
1592	12,3869		1643	8,7518		1694	8,4245
1593	12,3869		1644	8,7518		1695	8,4245
1594	12,3869		1645	8,7518		1696	8,4245
1595	12,3869		1646	8,7518		1697	8,4245
1596	12,3869		1647	8,7518		1698	8,4245
1597	12,3869		1648	8,7518		1699	8,4245
1598	12,3869		1649	8,7518		1700	7,6485
1599	12,3869		1650	8,7518

The silver values were obtained from: Robert C. Allen and Richard W. Unger, with the assistance of Shannon Parker and Stephanie McWhinnie, Allen - Unger Database, European Commodity Prices 1260-1914. In this database they were collected from: Natalis de Wailly, Memoire sur les variations de la livre Tournois depuis le regne de Saint Louis jusqu'a l'etablissmenet de la monnaie decimale Paris 1857
NB. Where there are changes within the year the amount of silver in the coin on 1 July is used for the year.


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