Lesus: The Vatican misspells Jesus on commemorative coins


In praise of Lesus? Pope mints coins that misspell "Jesus."


Vincenzo Pinto


No it is not Kanye West's new album. It is a spelling mistake of "Jesus" committed by the Italian mint on a series of commemorative coins.

The Vatican said this week that it was recalling 6,000 papal medals, which went on sale Tuesday, after the mistake was discovered.

The medals were created to commemorate the new Pope Francis who was elected in March.

The word "Jesus" in this case is part of the Pope's motto that is inscribed on the coin.

It reads: "Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, follow me."

Only four medals were sold with the misspelling. The lucky buyers will certainly see the value of the rare coin soar in the coming months and years.

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