Jesus misspelled coin PHOTO, VIDEO: Vatican makes 'Lesus' error in Pope Francis' coin

Published 11 October 2013  |  

The Vatican misspelled the name of "Jesus" and was forced to recall thousands of papal medals due to the error.

The medals, which were created to commemorate Pope Francis' ascension to the papacy, were pulled after the it named Christ as "Lesus" instead of "Jesus."

The medals, which are made of gold, silver, and bronze by the Italian State Mint, are traditionally made for a new pope and are known to be collectors' pieces.

The medals went on sale on October 8, but were quickly pulled after the mistake was realized.

According to the Vatican, 6,000 medals had to be withdrawn from sale. However, four medals have already been sold. These coins may later become valuable because of such error.

The coin featured Pope Francis' face on one side and a Latin phrase on the other side. The phrase reads: "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.')

Pope Francis, 76, was elected in March this year.

He is the first Pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit at the helm of the worldwide Catholic Church.

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