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What was the 1947 value of 7,200 Reichsmarks in U.S. dollars? What was the 1947 exchange rate of the U.S. dollar for the Reichsmark?

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    What has your research shown so far? – Lars Bosteen Mar 22 '18 at 14:58
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    I have a vague memory we got a question like this before, and I was forced to answer in cigarettes. – T.E.D. Mar 22 '18 at 15:21
  • @T.E.D.Oh. Perhaps you're thinking of these related questions: How much is one 1945 German Mark to one 2016 Euro? and What is the equivalent buying power of one 1945 Reichsmark in 2016 Euros? – LangLangC Mar 22 '18 at 16:26
  • @LangLangC - Yes, it was the latter What is the equivalent buying power of one 1945 Reichsmark in 2016 Euros?. Other than being off 2 years (which I don't think would affect answers much), and being in a different modern unit (which are directly convertible with a simple web search), these appear to be exact duplicate questions to me. – T.E.D. Mar 22 '18 at 22:36
  • @T.E.D. True. Not knowing the other Qs before you identified them, they are all three quite subtle in their nuances. I am a bit uncomfortable judging on dupes in general. From 45 to 48 in both halves of G it seems not much more than one Q needs to be sign posted, the others might be still valid, but not by too much? 46/47 being the worst year all around, but not so much focused on currency but 'money' (unsure if I got these nuances right…) – LangLangC Mar 22 '18 at 22:48
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That is not really easy to answer, as the German economy was not really in orderly fashion functioning. The black market dominated many sectors of civilian life, internationla trade was "low" and most of the consumer goods were hidden away or distributed via food stamps.

Compare that to Reichsmark:

After the Second World War, the Reichsmark continued to circulate in Germany, but with new banknotes (Allied Occupation Marks) printed in the US and in the Soviet Zone, as well as with coins (without swastikas). In practice, massive inflation dating back to the latter stages of the war had rendered the Reichsmark nearly worthless. For all intents and purposes, it was supplanted by a barter economy (commonly, "cigarette currency").

One online source concludes, that any meaningful exchange rate is therefor not available for 1947:

Historical Dollar-to-Marks Currency Conversion Page

1941      – RM 2.50
1942-1949 – not available
1950 – DM 4.20

However, using an equivalent of the Big-Mac-Index you might arrive at a somewhat reasonable comparison:

Historicalstatistics.org:
Historical currency converter
Question: What is the equivalent of 7200 German reichsmark [1924-1948] in year 1947 in the currency of US dollar [1791-2015] in year 1947?

7200 German reichsmark [1924-1948] in year 1947 could buy the same amount of consumer goods and services in Sweden as 50.88241517640041 US dollar [1791-2015] could buy in Sweden in year 1947. This comparison should be used if the purpose of the analysis is to compare absolute worth over time rather than relative worth.

Another way to compare the worth of money in different periods is to estimate how much labour power an amount of money could buy. 7200 German reichsmark [1924-1948] in year 1947 was the amount a male worker in Sweden received in wage for 78.3772792951862 hours work. A male worker in Sweden in 1947 received 50.88241517640041 US dollar [1791-2015] in wage for 78.3772792951862 hours worked. This comparison should be used if the purpose of the analysis is to compare relative worth over time rather than absolute worth.

7200 German reichsmark [1924-1948] in year 1947 could buy 45.99775121279953 gram gold. The price of 45.99775121279953 gram gold in year 1947 was 50.88241517640041 US dollar [1791-2015].

7200 German reichsmark [1924-1948] in year 1947 could buy 2241.470416599721 gram silver. The price of 2241.470416599721 gram silver in year 1947 was 50.88241517640041 US dollar [1791-2015].

According to helpful commentator @Snow, this would then be:

Spinning this around gives roughly 141.5 RM for the Dollar in 1947.

If another somewhat theoretical conversion rate is still desired, then Exchange Rates Between the United States Dollar and Forty-one Currencies gives an attempt at:

What Was the Exchange Rate between the U.S. Dollar and Reichsmark?
Germany, 1947 - 1947
1947: 269.1790 Reichsmark

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    Spinning this around gives roughly 141.5 RM for the Dollar in 1947 – Snow Mar 22 '18 at 14:34
  • @Snow Man, you're quick. Thx. – LangLangC Mar 22 '18 at 14:41
  • I was using the same website to draft an answer before you got in before me. A simple google for "historical exchange rate reichmark" go me there pretty quick and I assume the same for you. – Snow Mar 22 '18 at 14:43
  • The barter economy extended internationally, as well. In 1946-1947, George Marshall devised the 'tin toys for tinned food' program, whereby the tin toy factories were revived in the US zone of Germany, and the entire production sent to the US in return for much needed food supplies. I have a couple of live steam models from this program, marked 'Made in Germany US Zone'. – tj1000 Mar 22 '18 at 16:21
  • I contend that no comparison claiming 16 significant figures is "reasonable". – Ben Voigt Apr 22 at 3:03

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