This page documents a number of useful sources for coal price data.
|Commodity||Source||Start Date||End Date||Frequency||Latest Price||Comments|
|European Coal||BP||1987||2010||Annually||92.50||This is the annual North-West Europe Marker price for coal.|
|United States Coal||BP||1990||2010||Annually||71.63||This is the annual U.S. Central Appalachian spot price for coal.|
|EPI||1949||2005||Annually||19.43||This is the annual price of American coal per the EPI.|
|Japanese Coal||BP||1987||2010||Annually||158.95||This is the annual price of Japanese coking coal.|
|BP||1987||2010||Annually||105.19||This is the annual price of Japanese steam coal import.|
|Australian Coal||IMF||Jan-1980||Apr-2013||Monthly||93.44||This is the monthly spot price of Australian thermal coal per the IMF.|
|WB||Jan-1970||Apr-2013||Annually||87.21||This is the annual spot price of Australian thermal coal per the WB.|
|South African Coal||WB||Jan-1984||Apr-2013||Monthly||81.42||This is the monthly price of South African coal exports.|
|Historical Coal Prices||FRED||Jan-1880||Dec-1913||Monthly||81.90||These are the historical price index of British Coal exports.|
|FRED||Jan-1879||Dec-1919||Monthly||7.96||These are the historical prices of German coal exports (in marks per metric ton).|
- The price of coal is measured in US$ per metric ton unless otherwise noted in the comments.
List of Data Sources
|BP||British Petroleum||BP is a multinational oil and gas corporation, which in 2011 was ranked fourth largest company in the world.|
|EPI||Earth Policy Institute||EPI is an environmental organization providing research on economic indicators to promote environmental sustainability.|
|FRED||Federal Reserve Economic Data||An online database created and maintained by the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank at St. Louis.|
|IMF||International Monetary Fund||The IMF collects financial statistics from around the world: asset values, debt information, exchange rates and commodity prices.|
|WB||World Bank||The World Bank collects economic, developmental and social statistics from around the world.|
- Steam coal is a grade of coal lower than the high grade anthracite but higher than the lower grade bituminous coal.
- Coking coal (also just known as coke) is a solid residue derived from bituminous coal and is used in metallurgical processes.