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Why are US dollars called bucks?

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I heard someone say something cost twenty bucks. Why do they call dollars "bucks"?
Steve, Hammersmith

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Rosemary, Shenfield
Qualification: Former American history teacher.
Answer: Back in the pioneer days, they used to trade their currency using buckskins, so you would pay five bucksins, or bucks.

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