Veria barber ‘hid artifacts’

A 70-year-old barber from a small town in northern Greece has been charged with illegally trading in antiquities after police found hundreds of ancient coins and other artifacts in his possession. The raids on the barber’s store and home, near Veria, unearthed more than 2,300 ancient bronze coins, dating to the Roman and Hellenistic periods. Some of the coins, up to 2,300 years old, bore the likenesses of Alexander the Great and his father King Philip. Officers also found rings and buttons made of bronze and silver and an ancient marble stele. Police said they discovered the artifacts unexpectedly after two minors detained on robbery charges identified him as the person who bought their stolen mobile telephones and other items. Several mobile phones were found at the barber’s store.