GFD provides many daily commodity prices from the 1870s and monthly prices on dozens of others. Only GFD supplies this level of historical data on commodity prices. Furthermore, using this rich compilation of commodity data, GFD has generated proprietary commodity indices that track the patter of energy, agriculture, as well as non-agricultural commodities over the past millennium.
But, GFD did not stop here. When Florence issued the first gold coin in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire in 1252, this signaled the service of trade in Europe. Gold and silver became the base of the economy.
GFD has compiled data on the price of gold and silver back to 1252 for Florence, 1257 for London, and 1258 for Paris. GFD offers only two commodity prices beginning in 1000: silver in England and rice in China. As Europe moved out of the Dark Ages and into medieval times, monks began recording the price of commodities they purchased for their monasteries. It is because of their commitment that GFD can provide historical data on many agricultural commodities from the beginning of the 1200s. The commodity database is a perfect example of GFD's exhaustive efforts.
Series for gold and silver both begin in the 1200s. Many other data sets start in the 1800s, including daily data on wheat and corn. Data from the United Kingdom on wheat and other agricultural goes begins in the 1200s.
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