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Coin collecting a disease?

If you're hooked on collecting coins, it's understandable. You're infected, as it's apparently a disease that started spreading, without a cure, well back in U.S. history. Read the following from the Oct. 5, 1859 issue of The Daily Ohio Statesman and take heart:

"There has been prevalent in this country, for than a year past, a disease, which may be better termed a mania, for collecting coins. It has seized on all classes of the community, on all ages, and on both sexes. For the past three months it has not been so severe, and there is a manifest falling off in the number of cases, but as the cool season approaches, it again revives."