What would Lesus do? The Vatican makes an epic misspelling


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


Vincenzo Pinto


No, it is not Kanye West's latest album. It's a spelling mistake committed by the Italian mint on a series of commemorative coins, which were supposed to read "Jesus."

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

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

The word "Jesus" is inscribed on the coin as part of the pope's motto.

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 misspelled medallions were sold. The lucky buyers will certainly see the value of the rare coin soar in the coming months and years.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI relinquished his seat earlier this year — an event not seen for 600 years.