Jesus Lesus! That’s a Mega-Typo

Someone misspelled the name of the Vatican’s raison d’etre, Jesus, on a commemorative medallion, striking 6,000 gold, silver and bronze coins with the name Lesus. Several of the medallions were sold before someone noticed the error. The remaining medallions were recalled, making the four that were sold collectors items.

The coins were struck by the Italian Mint to honor the papacy of Francis I and carried a Latin inscription which the Pope said inspired him to join the Catholic priesthood:

Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum et quia miserando antque eligendo vidit, ait illi sequere me (Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, follow me).

I suppose the capital L could be confused with a J if you’re looking in a mirror. But more likely “Jesus” was presented as Iesus, since I was J in ancient texts–remember INRI (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum) the Latin reading as “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews” — and whoever was doing the inscription for the coin thought I was a lower case L (l) not a J and made a copy-editing decision on their own.

Didn’t anyone who speaks Latin check the proofs? Maybe the devil IS in the details–and the Vatican!

Just for fun:

Using Latin gematria, Iesus= 67, and Lesus =70. Running those numbers in the gematria calculator, you can get some interesting results. Using traditional Jewish gematria for 67 produces fapfemale, and Im a geek, amongst others; in simple gematria, Elvis, Satanic, and iPhone are some of the meanings.  For 70, the traditional is not quite as interesting, resulting in, amongst others, I God, meme, and hidden. In simple gematria 70 is way more fun: robot, Yaweh, women, demons, Adam and Eve, Bernie Mac, cold feet, and zombies are just some of the results.

12 Responses to "Jesus Lesus! That’s a Mega-Typo"
dakine01 | Friday October 11, 2013 04:18 pm 1

Jesus is probably in hiding now. Witness protection, maybe

bright93 | Friday October 11, 2013 05:27 pm 2

From Golden Dawn derived Gematria, 70 = ‘Ayin’ (the letter ‘O’ and meaning ‘eye’) and is assigned to Tarot trump 15, The Devil.

RevBev | Friday October 11, 2013 05:49 pm 3

Jesus wept; no wonder.

Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate | Friday October 11, 2013 05:58 pm 4

Insert picture of Jean Luc Picard.


‘Lacks attention to detail’.
Recommend immediate termination.

Sid58 | Friday October 11, 2013 06:09 pm 5

Thank you, Jisa.

Tammany Tiger | Friday October 11, 2013 06:26 pm 6

The medallions that got into circulation are going to be as valuable as those 24-cent airmail stamps with the upside-down plane.

applepie | Friday October 11, 2013 09:23 pm 7

Another great victory for capitalismMammon.

Lisa Derrick | Friday October 11, 2013 10:39 pm 8
In response to bright93 @ 2

93 93/93! Thanks!

Lisa Derrick | Friday October 11, 2013 10:39 pm 9
In response to Tammany Tiger @ 6

And/or there will be lots of replicas available soon on eBay!

nixonclinbushbama | Friday October 11, 2013 11:24 pm 10

Maybe he changed his name because the religious right misused it so much?

albertdaniel | Saturday October 12, 2013 06:07 am 11

I think the pope smokes a little pot hear and there…Jesus for one as they say…

flatulus | Saturday October 12, 2013 10:00 am 12

Brings to mind the occasion of my precocious 2 year old upon his first observation of our fireplace mantle creche, “so that’s Jesus Fucking Christ”.

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