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What would have been the price of a loaf of bread in 1645 Amsterdam?

According to this database (specifically the spreadsheet file, column D) a 100kg of rye bread cost 8.22 guilder in the western Netherlands in 1645, which should at least give you a rough idea to ...
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What would have been the price of a loaf of bread in 1645 Amsterdam?

I don't think you're going to find anything close to the precision you are asking for here. And as DevSolar has commented I think you are way off the mark by specifying prices in gold. I do have one ...
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How much did cannon cost in 1410?

I don't want to recite all the disclaimers and caveats from comments all over again. This is a little like asking what a car costs in the United States in the twentieth century, where the range is so ...
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How much did it cost to buy a ticket on the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul in 1914?

According to Sophie Basch in "Le voyage à Constantinople: l'Orient-express" [Snoeck-Ducaju & Zoon, 1997], a first class ticket to Istanbul in 1913 cost 586 gold francs from Paris, or £20.11s from ...
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What was the price of a horse around 1750?

Prices are occasionally mentioned in mid-18th century journals; for example, David Zeisberger's journals, available here: Diary of David Zeisberger : a Moravian missionary among the Indians of Ohio. ...
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Was writing material for to-do list accessible in medieval Europe?

The concept of a pre-modern individual is pretty dodgy. The standard medieval minimal economic unit varied from the household to the village. As shown in admittedly high medieval Christine de Pizan'...
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Was writing material for to-do list accessible in medieval Europe?

It's not a to-do list, but you might just about call it note-taking... Medieval stone masons were known to use 'tracing floors' to make temporary architectural and design drawings. Laid with several ...
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How much did a good sword cost in Medieval Western Europe?

Lifting from this site, I found a "cheap sword (peasant's)", England ~1340, listed at 6 pence. The same site lists the daily wage of a thatcher (in the same time period) as 3 pence. The source is ...
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How much did a good sword cost in Medieval Western Europe?

A sword might be the most expensive item that a man owned. The one sword whose value is given in the sagas (given by King Hákon to Höskuldur in chapter 13 of Laxdæla saga) was said to be worth a half ...
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How much did gunpowder cost per barrel in 1605 in London?

In "A History of Agriculture and Prices in England: 1583-1702" by james Edwin Thorold Rogers, pp738, one finds various references to gunpowder prices recorded by Samuel Pepys as: 1589: 8d. / pound ...
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What was the price of gunpowder in Victorian England

From Sketch of the Mode of Manufacturing Gunpowder at the Ishapore Mills in Bengal: Published in 1862. The English service powders cost 5£. upwards for the 100 lbs say 50 rupees. The best ...
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How much did medieval horse armor cost?

I was able to find one single clear citation from this 1967 PhD thesis: WIEDEMER JR, JACK EARL. Arms and Armor in England, 1450-1471, their Cost and Distribution. University of Pennsylvania, 1967 (p. ...
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What did "Price Fourpence The Three" mean?

The price of "the three" is fourpence. They have left out some parts of the sentence; you could read it as "(The) price (is) fourpence (for) the three (items)". A fourpence was an ...
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Gold coin vs Silver coin exchange rate fluctuations in antiquity

More of an economic answer than historical, but yet... The answer is that it would change very little. Two factors: Silver and gold are not consumed, so the amount available the previous year was ...
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How much did revolvers cost in Victorian England?

Here a snip from advertisment section of The British Boys Paper, dated 1888 Splendid six chambered revolver plated recently cost 21s sacrifice for 10s 6d also signet ring will sell for 5s Mexican ...
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What was the price of a horse around 1750?

This list of medieval prices indicates the price of a draught horse in the 13th century to be between 10s and 20s,, while this estimate of global inflation shows prices in 1750 being 8 or 9 times what ...
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What did a train ticket cost on a 1940 Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe train?

To preface, you might be a little hard-pressed to find a consolidated database for rail fares information from that time period on the internet. The best case scenario would be local timetables that ...
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Was writing material for to-do list accessible in medieval Europe?

As a book historian - albeit of a much later period, I would tend to turn to the Cambridge History of the Book for questions like this, and my answer is largely taken from that, as well as from ...
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