Everyone makes mistakes. Most are small. Most are not ever noticed. The ones that are noticed are usually not a big deal.
Then there are those that are utterly amusing, and certainly embarrassing to the one at the center of the problem.
Such as the Vatican coin that was printed, but had Jesus spelled incorrectly. I can see perhaps not spelling Yahweh correctly, but Jesus? Really?
To err is human; to forgive, divine,” was said by the famous poet, Alexander Pope. He could have been speaking about the special commemorative coins issued to honor the present pope, Pope Francis, which bear a highly unusual error for Vatican memorabilia: Jesus is misspelled as Lesus.
In the name of Lesus, who is responsible for the spelling error?
Everyone makes mistakes, Heaven knows; but, to make a mistake in spelling Jesus on a coin, or on any religious artifact, meant to commemorate a pope seems to be especially egregious.
Don’t blame it on Cain; blame it on the Italian institute that prints stamps and passports and which also mints coins.
As the Reverend Federico Lombardi said:
Everybody makes mistakes. Even people who make coins.”
On Friday, the Vatican said that some 6,000 coins struck to commemorate Pope Francis’ first year as the Pope had been withdrawn. This is sure to make the coins that got out into the retail market will eventually make it to the world of coin collecting. The error coins will likely become much sought-after and valuable items.
The Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute, a state-controlled manufacturer, minted the commemorative coins. On Fridayday, a spokesman for the institute, Lorenzo Carella,said that the image on the coins was traced using a digital laser.
There were gold, silver, and bronze versions of the coins minted, with bronze being the least expensive to buy, at 80 euros ($108 dollars). The silver coins would have cost approximately $135, while the gold ones were meant to sell at $203.
The misspelling of Jesus as Lesus occurs in the engraving of a Latin phrase around the coins’ edges. The word of the Holy Savior is a part of a quote attributed to a seventh-century theologian known as the Venerable Bede. The phrase, “miserando atque eligendo,” which is a part of the quote, means “lowly but chosen.” It is the motto which Pope Francis chose for himself.