Post by Graveyardbride on Oct 11, 2013 12:54:13 GMT -5
Jesus misspelled on Vatican medallions
ROME – The Vatican had to recall 6,000 special medals meant to commemorate the inauguration of Pope Francis after a typo was discovered on the coin, misspelling Jesus as "Lesus."
Although the coins went on sale Tuesday, the error was almost immediately discovered and the coins were pulled off shelves.
The mint made 200 gold coins, 3,000 silver and 3,000 in bronze, and were briefly on sale at the Vatican Publishing House in St. Peter's Square, until they were recalled.
Still four of the coins, which were specially made by the Italian State Mint, were sold before the error was noted. Experts predict those four coins will become very valuable, because they are so rare.
The medals depict the pope, with a Latin phrase stamped around the edge of the coin, which was supposed to read: "Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum et quia miserando atque eligendo vidit, ait illi sequere me."
That phrase, which is said to have inspired a young Jorge Bergoglio to become a Jesuit priest, means "Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, 'follow me'." Part of the passage, which comes from Homily 21, is also on the pope's coat of arms.