You can spell this "oops" moment with capital letters: "OOPS!" Six-thousand special medals manufactured to commemorate the inauguration of Pope Francis were recalled by the Vatican, according to a UPI report on Friday, after an error was found on the coin. Somehow, an “L” was in place of the "J” in the embedded printing of the name “Jesvs” – as the error says “Lesvs.” The coins reportedly went on sale last Tuesday, and the error was found practically immediately. Following the discovery of the error, the coins were removed from the shelves immediately.
In the spelling of Jesus’ name, the “U” is changed to a “V” on purpose as it is the Latin character. The “J,” however, was kept for familiarity in spite of the letter being a later add-on to the Latin alphabet.
Materially, the mint produced 3,000 medallions in bronze, 3,000 in silver, and 200 in gold. The coins were available for purchase at the Vatican Publishing House in St. Peter’s Square for a short time. Four of the coins – which will become very valuable due to their rarity – were sold before the error was discovered and the coins were taken off the market.
The entire phrase on the coin was supposed to say: “Vidit ergo Jesvs pvblicanvm et quia miserado atqve eligendo vidit, ait illi seqvere me,” which means “Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, ‘follow me.’ The phrase reportedly inspired a young Jorge Bergoglio to become a Jesuit priest.