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Synon Corporation

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About Synon Corporation

Synon Corporation was a Software (non-internet/mobile) company based in Larkspur, California. Synon Corporation was acquired in 1998.

Headquarters Location

1100 Larkspur Landing Circle

Larkspur, California, 94939,

United States


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Latest Synon Corporation News

Looted coin of Hanukkah villain found during bust of suspected artifact thief

Nov 24, 2022

Currency bearing visage of King Antiochus IV discovered in home of Kiryat Shmona man caught ‘in the act’ of illegally using metal detector at northern archaeological site An ancient coin minted in the time of Seleucid King Antiochus IV, found in the Kiryat Shmona home of a suspected thief, northern Israel, November 23, 2022. (Nir Distelfeld, Israel Antiquities Authority) A house search of a suspected artifact thief in the northern town of Kiryat Shmona led to the discovery of illegally obtained artifacts on Wednesday, most notably a coin depicting the Seleucid King Antiochus IV, the villain of the Hanukkah story, the Israel Antiquities Authority said. According to Danny Synon, an IAA coin specialist, the bronze coin found at the suspect’s home was minted in Tyre, today part of Lebanon, and was “common currency” during the era. It was the “small change” of the day and hundreds of such coins have been found in digs throughout Israel, Synon told The Times of Israel. While it is impossible to know how much the coin was worth during the reign of Antiochus IV, it would have been used to purchase everyday items from the local market, he said. “I can’t say whether it was worth a loaf of bread or a chicken, but something along those lines,” said Synon. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Editionby email and never miss our top stories Newsletter email address By signing up, you agree to the terms The suspect, 33, was caught “in the act” by Border Police, who found him illegally using a metal detector at a registered archaeological site in Ramot Menashe in northern Israel. Part of the coins found in the Kiryat Shmona home of a suspected thief, northern Israel, November 23, 2022. (Nir Distelfeld, Israel Antiquities Authority) “He was detained for questioning, and in his bag were found ancient coins, various digging implements, and a metal detector,” the IAA said in a statement. The IAA’s Department for the Prevention of Archeological Theft then conducted a search of the man’s house, finding the coin in addition to “arrowheads, rings, cosmetic spoon, buckles, lead objects, buttons and more.” Advertisement The suspect was released following questioning, and his metal detector was confiscated. The IAA is weighing whether to press charges, the statement read. If convicted, those guilty of collecting antiquities at registered sites can be jailed for three years. “The suspect claimed that he was interested in geology, and was looking for quartz crystals and metals, and ‘by the way’ he collected coins and other ancient finds,” said Nir Distelfeld, the IAA’s northern area inspector of the Department for the Prevention of Archaeological Theft. Distelfeld noted that the discovery of the Antiochus IV-era coin was made shortly before Hanukkah, the eight-night Jewish festival set to begin on December 18. Ancient artifacts, including arrowheads, rings, cosmetic spoon, buckles, lead objects, buttons discovered in a suspected thieve’s home, Kiryat Shmona, northern Israel, November 23, 2022. (Nir Distelfeld, Israel Antiquities Authority) Antiochus IV was a Seleucid monarch remembered in Jewish history for his promotion of Hellenization and suppression of religious observances. While he was battling the rival Ptolemaic kingdom in Egypt for control of the Levant, Jewish zealots rose in revolt against Antiochus and the Hellenized high priest installed in Jerusalem’s Second Temple. Antiochus returned from Egypt and attempted to quell the uprising. After his death on a subsequent campaign in Persia, Hasmonean rebels led by Judah Maccabee and his clansmen succeeded in wresting control of Judea from the Seleucid Greeks, restoring the temple and forming a Jewish kingdom that ruled for a century. The Hanukkah holiday celebrates the Maccabees’ victory over the Greeks and Hellenized Jews. Advertisement According to Synon, what is unique about the currency series that the bronze Antiochus IV coin is part of is that they were minted during what he calls an “economic experiment” conducted by the monarch in which he allowed four municipalities to mint their own local coinage. One side of the “municipality coin” usually featured a local god, said Synon, and the other side was engraved with an image connected to the local area. In the case of the recently recovered coin, one side features the king, and the other shows a ship and the name of the port city of Tyre. “Stealing remains from ancient sites negates the possibility of researching the finds and the sites in their true archaeological historical context, thus withholding valuable knowledge from researchers and the entire community,” IAA director Eli Escusido said in a statement. Times of Israel staff contributed to this report. Israeli politics told straight I joined The Times of Israel after many years covering US and Israeli politics for Hebrew news outlets. I believe responsible coverage of Israeli politicians means presenting a 360 degree view of their words and deeds – not only conveying what occurs, but also what that means in the broader context of Israeli society and the region. That’s hard to do because you can rarely take politicians at face value – you must go the extra mile to present full context and try to overcome your own biases. I’m proud of our work that tells the story of Israeli politics straight and comprehensively. I believe Israel is stronger and more democratic when professional journalists do that tough job well. Your support for our work by joining The Times of Israel Community helps ensure we can continue to do so. Thank you,

Synon Corporation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Synon Corporation founded?

    Synon Corporation was founded in 1983.

  • Where is Synon Corporation's headquarters?

    Synon Corporation's headquarters is located at 1100 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur.

  • What is Synon Corporation's latest funding round?

    Synon Corporation's latest funding round is Acquired.

  • Who are the investors of Synon Corporation?

    Investors of Synon Corporation include Sterling Software.

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