Selected Mineral Products--Average Prices: 1970 to 2006

Added By Infochimps

The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 870):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 84 rows and 13 columns.

Excludes Alaska and Hawaii, except as noted


  1. Domestic market prices for wirebar, 1970, 1975-77;
    U.S. producer prices for cathode thereafter.
  2. Average annual dealer prices.
  3. 99.95 percent purity.
  4. 1970, New York prices; beginning 1975, nationwide delivered basis.
  5. London Metal Exchange cash price.
  6. Straits tin through 1975; thereafter, composite price.
  7. Platt’s Metals Week price for North American Special High Grade zinc. Average prices prior to 1991 are for U.S. High Grade Zinc.
  8. F.o.b. (Free on Board) works.
  9. Average value at the point of production or domestic first purchase price.
  10. Through 1978, includes subbituminous coal.


Public Domain (Government Work)

This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.