Silver Liberty is a website about silver as money.  Shortcut link at http://www.silverlib.com/

Here’s an interesting exercise: calculate your salary history in ounces of silver (or gold).

data: (this should be cut-n-paste-able into a spreadsheet)

silver avg price $/oz. % change
1985       5.888
1986       5.384    -8.56%
1987       6.790    26.11%
1988       6.108   -10.04%
1989       5.543    -9.25%
1990       4.068   -26.61%
1991       3.909    -3.91%
1992       3.710    -5.09%
1993       4.968    33.91%
1994       4.769    -4.01%
1995       5.148     7.95%
1996       4.730    -8.12%
1997       5.945    25.69%
1998       5.549    -6.66%
1999       5.218    -5.97%
2000       4.951    -5.12%
2001       4.370   -11.74%
2002       4.599     5.24%
2003       4.876     6.02%
2004       6.671    36.81%
2005       7.316     9.67%
2006       11.545   57.80%
2007       13.383   15.92%
2008       14.989   12.00%
2009       14.673   -2.11%

As I write this, 2010 is over $20, bringing its average up to $18 which is a 22% rise over the 2009 average.