Earning a 'Buck'

Why do Americans refer to their money as bucks?  The European colonial settlers ran into problems whenever they attempted to trade with the Native Americans as the latter were unwilling to accept bank notes and coins.  Tobacco or wampum was sometimes used as a medium of exchange, but gradually deerskins or buckskins became the common medium of exchange (or money).  Hence, to this day, Americans refer to their money as ‘bucks’! 

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