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Vatican Pulls Misspelled Coins


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"But when the Vatican drew up the medal, it flubbed the Latin phrase, said spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi. (It's worth noting that Latin doesn't have a "J," so maybe we should cut the Vatican a bit of slack.)"


The writer of the article does not mention(perhaps realize?) that the L should have been I, from the Latin IESVS for JESUS. A capital i ( I ) looks the same as a low case L ( l ) so perhaps that is how the mistake was made. The original instruction using Iesvs(capital i) which was interpreted as a low case L l.

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I've come to hate most sans-serif fonts for this very reason. "Illinois" looks like it starts with three capital "i"s or three lower case "L"s (and note I chose the cases inside the quotes to make the distinction clear). Newer versions of Windows come with a font that put a small tail on the lower case "L."


I noticed in Europe that gas pumps use a cursive lower case "L" for the lower case "L" abbreviation for "Liter" since it could look like a capital I or even a numeral "1" (though in Europe they tend to put the barb on top of the 1, sometimes making it as big as the rest of the number--crossing their sevens to disambiguate).

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