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Vatican coin pulled from circulation; 'Jesus' was misspelled

Catholic World News - October 11, 2013

The Vatican has abruptly stopped the circulation of new commemorative medals, after discovering that the name of Jesus was misspelled.

The medals, minted to commemorate the 1st year of the pontificate of Pope Francis, were minted with the name “Lesus” inscribed on the edge. The Latin inscription should have been “Iesus,” since the letter “J” is not used in Latin.

The medals, produced by the Italian state mint, went on sale on Tuesday, October 8, but were quickly pulled from circulation when the error was belatedly discovered.

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  • Posted by: garedawg - Oct. 12, 2013 11:54 PM ET USA

    Those misprinted coins will be very valuable someday.

  • Posted by: KL Flannery - Oct. 11, 2013 12:23 PM ET USA

    The Latin word LAESUS is sometimes written LESUS. Since LAESUS means "the wounded one" the erroneous motto can be translated "The wounded one therefore saw a publican and ...".

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