Saturday, 12 October 2013

Oh, Lesus!

Shown is a special commemorative coin honouring Pope Francis. Nice artwork. Shame about the cock-up. I've marked the spot with an X. Jesus was misspelled Lesus. Nobody at the Vatican noticed the misspelling before the mould was sent to the Italian State Mint and Polygraphic Institute to be turned into coins. Lasers were used to trace a digital image based on the mould. Nobody checked the spelling. So 6,000 coins were minted in bronze, silver and gold and sent to the Vatican. Still nobody checked the spelling. It wasn't until the Vatican began distributing the coins to dealers that somebody noticed the mistake. Dealers have a keen eye for this sort of thing, because it can make them a small fortune. Yesterday the Vatican withdrew as many of the Lesus coins as it could retrieve from the dealers (CLICK). Oh, Lesus!


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