20p - 50p in the late 1980s/early 90s.
The last thing we need is another bailout. No one has done any research on the declining quality of children's teeth. With all of the rotten food kids eat these days, how can we rule out the possibility that the Tooth Fairy isn't willing to pay out the big bucks for terrible teeth? Have we totally forgotten about the aspect of quality?These days I think kids are doomed to being stuck at $1 for quite awhile. Inflation will likely eat away at that until the introduction of $2 coins.
Maybe the kids can ask Congress for a bailout for the eroding value of tooth redemptions?
Tooth fairy economics have been closely studied. Rosemary Wells, acknowledged as the world's leading tooth fairy authority, tracked the exchange rate for teeth from 1900 to 1980 against the consumer price index, and found that the tooth fairy kept up with inflation. Another survey in the mid 1990s claimed that the going rate had increased to nearly two bucks from a dime 25 years previously. If so I must have come from a privileged background – back in the 1950s I could swear I got a quarter.
Same for me, usually just a quarter. The exception was the last couple of molars earned a silver dollar each. Apparantly the toothfairy thought those were special teeth.The mid 1970s ranged 25 cents to 50 cents for me.
The mid 1970s ranged 25 cents to 50 cents for me.
Mid-70's 7-year-olds are definitely post-babyboom. With the supply of fresh teeth dwindling, I guess the tooth fairy had to put up more and more cash to make her quota.Same for me, usually just a quarter. The exception was the last couple of molars earned a silver dollar each. Apparantly the toothfairy thought those were special teeth.
Cool! Thanks Monique.Thanks for the link. It also has an answer for Redbelly98: