Jesus was misspelled as “Lesus” on over 6,000 commemorative medallions recently produced by the Vatican, a blunder causing an embarrassment and prompting the Vatican Publishing House in St Peter’s Square to halt sales of the coin, reports Reuters via Yahoo! News on Oct. 11.
The misspelled Jesus appears in an inscription on the edge of the medallion, which is written in Latin and depicts Pope Francis’ ascension to become a priest.
The inscription in Latin says: “Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum et quia miserando antque eligendo vidit, ait illi sequere me” which translates to “Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by varying mercy and by choosing, he says to him, ‘follow me.’”
The “J” in Jesus however is an “L.”
The medals were being minted by the Italian State Mint and were available in gold, silver and bronze. Official Vatican stores opened the sale of the medal on October 8, but pulled them a few days later after the error was brought to their attention.
Before they were withdrawn, individuals purchasing the medals displaying the error could fetch high prices on rare coin markets, Reuters said.