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The data presented below have been taken from the Engineering and Mining Journal article entitled Annual Average Metal Prices: 1897 to 1953. EMJ (1954) 155(2):120.



Year Lead ( per lb) Zinc ( per lb) Tin ( per lb)
1897 3.58 4.12 13.67
1898 3.78 4.57 15.7
1899 4.47 5.75 25.12
1900 4.37 4.39 29.9
1901 4.33 4.07 16.74
1902 4.069 4.84 26.79
1903 4.237 5.191 28.09
1904 4.309 4.931 27.99
1905 4.707 5.73 31.358
1906 5.657 6.048 39.819
1907 5.325 5.812 38.166
1908 4.2 4.578 29.465
1909 4.273 5.352 29,725
1910 4.446 5.37 34.123
1911 4.42 5.608 42.281
1912 4.471 6.799 46.096
1913 4.37 5.504 44.252
1914 3.862 5.061 34.301
1915 4.673 13.054 38.59
1916 6.858 12.634 43.48
1917 8.787 8.813 61.802
1918 7.413 7.89 88.75
1919 5.759 6.988 63.328
1920 7.957 7.671 48.273
1921 4.545 4.655 29.916
1922 5.734 5.716 32.554
1923 7.267 6.607 42.664
1924 8.097 6.344 50.176
1925 9.02 7.622 57.893
1926 8.417 7.337 65.285
1927 6.755 6.242 64.353
1928 6.305 6.027 50.427
1929 6.833 6.512 45.155
1930 5.517 4.556 31.694
1931 4.243 3.64 24.467
1932 3.18 2.876 22.017
1933 3.869 4.029 39.11
1934 3.86 4.158 52.191
1935 4.065 4.328 50.42
1936 4.71 4.901 46.441
1937 6.009 6.519 54.337
1938 4.739 4.61 42.301
1939 5.053 5.11 50.323
1940 5.179 6.335 49.827
1941 5.793 7.474 52.018
1942 6.481 8.25 52
1943 6.5 8.25 52
1944 6.5 8.25 52
1945 6.5 8.25 52
1946 8.109 8.276 54.544
1947 14.673 10.5 77.949
1948 18.043 13.589 99.25
1949 15.364 12.144 99.336
1950 13.296 13.866 95.539
1951 17.5 18 127.077
1952 16.467 16.215 120.473
1953 13.489 10.855 95.845