Jesus misspelled on thousands of costly papal medals earlier this week have the coins not saying Jesus, but ‘Lesus’: a major Vatican misprint that is one head-shaking typographical error (and is causing a mass recall). According to the Inquisitr this Friday, Oct. 11, the Vatican is now recalling all of these coins to remarket them with the correct spelling, “Jesus,” instead.
Having Jesus misspelled as “Lesus” may sound funny, but none in the Vatican are likely having a laugh over thousands of these expensive papal medals having to be recalled. The medals were made in bronze, silver, and gold, sealed by the Italian state mint, and are now one major misprint in the eyes of the public and manufacturers alike.
The medals were intended to mark the anniversary of the first full year of Pope Francis as the head of the Catholic Church, and after production was complete and rollout of the papal coins had been made, they realized that Jesus was in fact misspelled as “Lesus.”
"Talk about a big error," said someone who picked up a misprinted coin.
The medals went on official sale earlier this week, October 8, and have been since removed in a massive recall after the marking error was found on all of the metal coins.
Although Jesus misspelled seems like an incredibly major error, the Vatican has said that coin errors can happen time to time. The coins themselves showcase Pope Francis’ face on one coin side, and a religious Latin phrase on the back.
When the phrase is correctly written (Jesus, not “Lesus”), it would read:
“Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum et quia miserando antque eligendo vidit, ait illi sequere me. (Jesus, therefore, saw the publican, and because he saw by having mercy and by choosing, he said to him, ‘Follow me.’)
For those that picked up a rare misspelled coin, these pretty pennies may fetch a high price someday, so keep your Lesus (I mean Jesus) papal medals on hand.