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Prices in English

The prices in the database

In the database there are currently two kinds of prices; price currents and provisions house prices.

 

Foto: Sunnfjord Museum

Price currents were average monthly prices for a cities most commonly traded goods. They thus provide an impression of the most common price paid in “kurant mynt” for the goods. Traders were not required to follow the price, however price currants were often printed or otherwise dispersed to trade contacts elsewhere to advise on prevailing prices. Price currents have been preserved for most customs ports in Southern Norway from 1736-1766, as well as some for customs posts in Northern parts of Norway (Nordenfjeldske). In some cases they have also survived for other years

 

For financial reasons it has not been possible to make available all the available price currants. We estimate the remaining work to be approximately 3 months, and are currently working to obtain financing for this.

 

The provision house prices from the Røros Copper Works provide information on the prices set Mining Management Board on goods sold to workers. The prices were set twice a year. These have been preserved from 1737 to 1830, and are have here been made available until 1816. Efforts are made to make the prices between 1816-1833 available, but currency changes require the development of specific technical solutions.

 

During the winter of 2017 the kurant prices for a selection of goods from Bergen waft will become available. These processes were set by the merchants at the “Bryggen” in Bergen, and dictated the prices of trade with Nordland in Norway. The material has given the project by Jan-Tore Klovland, a professor at the Norwegian School of Economics.

 

Challenges 

Price currents, the Provision house prices from Roros and the price currents from Bryggen in Bergen all provide strong indications of the price of the major goods traded. They nevertheless do not cover all transactions that were paid for the goods. The price currents are cover only the prices which city authorities knew were paid. The prices paid on for goods traded outside the city were not included in the assessment. Similarly the prices quoted in the Bergen currants and in the Provision house ledgers do not include prices paid outside these two places.

 

Both price currants and the provision house prices were for prices paid in “kurant mynt”. These were the coins in circulation. For more on the 18th century coin system, see "Daler" in Lokalhistoriewiki (only in Norwegian)

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