Jesus was misspelled on gold, silver, and bronze medals by the Italian state mint before the Vatican noticed the mistake. The misspelling read "Lesus" instead of "Jesus," USA Today reports Oct. 11. Thousands of medals commemorating Pope Francis' as the new Pope had to be pulled due to the error.
Medals created for a new pope are purchased by collectors globally. The Jesus misspelled medals went on sale Tuesday, but the Vatican had to withdraw 6,000 of the medals from the sale. Four were purchased, however, before it was brought to anyone's attention. This naturally will make those four medals highly valuable.
According to the report, the erroneous medals had Pope Francis on them with a phrase in Latin that read: "Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, 'follow me'."
The "J" is that phrase was actually an "L" on the medal. The inscription is on the upper right side of the coin of the edge.
It's strange to think that something as vital as this coin commemorating Pope Francis would have Jesus misspelled before the mass minting process began.