The Vatican made a spelling error when they issued a medal to commemorate the first year of Pope Francis. The medal was struck by the Italian mint before anyone noticed that the name of Jesus had been misspelled as “Lesus.” According to ABC News on Oct. 10, there were a few lucky people who managed to obtain the now-rare, coin-like medal before they were withdrawn.
The coin contained a Latin phrase that Pope Francis quotes as a significant influence in his desire to become a priest. The English reads:
Jesus, therefore, saw the publican, and because he saw by having mercy and by choosing, He said to him, ‘Follow me.’”
In Latin, the phrase reads, or is supposed to read:
Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum et quia miserando atque eligendo vidit, ait illi sequere me.”
There were 6,000 coins minted in silver and bronze and 200 minted in gold. It is not known who actually made the spelling error, but it might be assumed that someone is very embarrassed at the very least.