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Tree of Life coin by sandara Tree of Life coin by sandara
Hi everyone,

This is my newest coin design.

Since its subject matter is a little different to what I usually do, I thought I'd ask you all for feedback and interest in buying this coin. :)

It would probably make a good gift for your bio teacher or a biologist. XD

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As a hobby, I enjoy reading up on animals, and for a few years I read up on evolution and related sciences.
As it made quite an impact on me (sad to say, I never took Biology in school), I thought to design a coin based on it.

So on the front is a circular phylogenetic tree, with various species represented under the lines.
On the back is a quote from Darwin, together with 14 of his Galapagos finches.

Thanks to :iconthoughtweaver: for the tree and :iconseridon: for help in checking and suggestions for the animals. :)

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:iconlupusdono:
lupusdono Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
I'd love it~ I'm a biology major and I think such a coin would make an amazing luck charm.
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YoungSkywalker Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Will you be making any more of these coins?
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:iconsandara:
sandara Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Possibly a few months down the road.
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just want to comment here and say that my sister in law just got hers and she loves it completely! To quote her "It feels like getting a magic ring from Middle Earth . . ." You are an amazing talent. :nod:
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:iconsandara:
sandara Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Im glad she liked it! :)
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:iconkalinereine:
KalineReine Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional Writer
So have you managed to make this one available for purchase yet? c:
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:iconsandara:
sandara Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Sorry about the misleading text! That was from last year.
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:iconkalinereine:
KalineReine Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional Writer
Oh okay, no prob. c; 
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:iconsandara:
sandara Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
They were available last year around end November, but they're all sold out for now. ^^;
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:iconkalinereine:
KalineReine Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional Writer
Aww okay, no worries. Thanks for answering my question. :D 
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LyhliTheLuminescent Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know if I've commented here or not, but there are just so beautiful I must air my awe once again!
You really are an artist I truly admire for your talent and the skill you worked for. Please keep inspiring us and making things so we can throw our money at you!
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:iconsandara:
sandara Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Thank you so much! :)
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AquartistJames Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student General Artist
This would be really neat as a pendant. I'd definitely buy one.
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:iconwolfyleesie:
wolfyleesie Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
There will be more soon, right? I neeeeed it sooo beautiful <3
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skyounkinzero Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist
Lotta interest in this!  
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remedy4you Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
I run an atheist instagram page, and is it alright if I post a picture advertising your product (linking to your deviant art and etsy pages)? I'm sure some of them would be interested in purchasing a coin from you :) If you have an instagram profile I can tag you :)
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sandara Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Sure you can! The coins are almost sold out though. There will be more, but probably in a month or two's time.
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IsaPreviate Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
AMANZING, I need this!! 
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Dkundzinsh Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very beautiful design, it's unfortunate though that so many people believe evolution is actually true when there is not even one piece of evidence for it, this is no more than a theory, our creator has created all the variety and beauty in the world, not random mindless chance.

Love.
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hermy104 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
'not even one piece of evidence for it'
You just lost all credibility you could've had there, mate.
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:icondkundzinsh:
Dkundzinsh Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
give me a single proof of evolution, please.
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:iconhermy104:
hermy104 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The universal genetic code, for instance. I'd be happy to debate this with you should you offer rebuttals to my arguments.
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:icondkundzinsh:
Dkundzinsh Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
there is nothing to debate, you have not provided any evidence of evolution in fact DNA disprove evolution, our Genetic code is deteriorating not improving, this is called genetic entropy, evolution claims we improve as time goes on. our genetic code should have fragments of our evolutionary history if we indeed developed from apes, it is interesting that there are no such fragments, why? because we were created perfect with our Genetic code intact and there is no reason to have any traces of anything else.
When I asked for evidence of evolution I meant that you provide me single recorded example of a complete creature changing into a different creature, such as a chicken into a lizzard etc.. variations within kind are not evolution.
There has not been found even a single transitional fossil, there is a reason why these are called the missing links we should have been finding BILLIONS of these transitional forms but they are ALL missing.
On another note, according to well scientific law (abiogenesis) life must come from life, life does NOT pop itself into existence from thin air, there has NEVER been a single recorded experiment that proved that life can be created out of non life.
You cannot prove evolution, this is a theory that contradicts evidence and exists only in the heads of scientists who will not or cannot accept the fact that Everything was created, perfect.
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hermy104 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will remain civil, despite your obviously hostile tone.

1. There is a MASSIVE space between 'Everything was created perfect' and 'The Darwinian Theory has problems'. I refuse to accept something so illogical simply because our science hasn't sufficiently progressed enough to fully understand the world.

2. 'When I asked for evidence of evolution I meant that you provide me single recorded example of a complete creature changing into a different creature, such as a chicken into a lizzard etc.. variations within kind are not evolution.'
This statement is not only ridiculous, but also blatantly baiting. Evolution is NOT the change of a species of animal into a completely different race. An avian cannot become a reptile. A mammal cannot become an amphibian and so forth. It is the change, the slow process, in which a species of animal begins to change it's form, shape, etc to suit its living environment. In this case, the three-toed skink. Their species reside in two different habitats that would require them to change accordingly. The ones that live in the hotter climates lay eggs. The ones in cooler climates give live birth. Tests switching them from warm to cool has shown that each one was set on their reproductive niche. It is predicted that they soon might be able to divide into separate species.

3. We did not descend from apes. We never have descended from apes, no matter what anyone else says. What happened was that we share a common ancestor. An ancestor whose line that divided into distinct branches, just like the three-toed skink would in the future.

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On another note, according to well scientific law (abiogenesis) life must come from life, life does NOT pop itself into existence from thin air, there has NEVER been a single recorded experiment that proved that life can be created out of non life.'
Wrong. Abiogenesis is the natural process of life rising from non-living matter. What ypu're talking about is biogenesis. Furthermore, I will not fight you on this matter. The creation of life is a hotly debated matter that has yet to be reasoned out an researched. Evolution cannot explain this, and flinging 'Intelligent Creation' in its place is not an acceptable answer.

5. Transitional fossils, eh? here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_…
When you think about it, the number of fossils discovered are actually quite low. And usually the same particular type, like fossilized plants and the occasional bone. BILLIONS OF TRANSITIONAL FOSSILS is a misconception that is simply not possible.
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i-stamp Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Evolution doesn't claim we improve over time. Only that our environment selects traits which make us more adapted to that environment. Since environments change, species can become less well suited to new environments. Those that do not adapt to the new environment quickly suffer for it.
Our genetic code does have fragments, by the way. Non-coding genetic material from mutations, insertions from retroviruses, errors in transcription that end up being non-coding arrangements and so on.

Transitional fossils.

No, we shouldn't be finding billions because fossilization only occurs in specific circumstance. Not every animal that dies becomes a fossil. The rate of fossil discoveries we make is consistent with how fossilization occurs.

Abiogenesis means the original evolution of life or living organisms from inorganic or inanimate substances. What you're talking about is spontaneous generation, which is not what abiogenesis nor evolution claims. Pasteur only showed that complex life cannot spring from nowhere, not that a process of chemical evolution of organic simple chemicals can progress through steps that ends up at simple life. 
The difference in how science sees the origin of life from how creationists see it.
Experiments on life from non-life include the Miller-Urey experiment which reproduced conditions of Early Earth's atmosphere and soil then left it alone. The result was the formation of organic molecules. Further experiments like the Joan Oro experiment showed the formation of all the compounds required for early proteins and the formation of life.

You cannot prove any theory, as 'proof' is not a term used in science but in law, maths and logic debate. Other theories that are 'unproven' are cell theories, which posit that macrological life is composed of microscopic cells. This is something known as truth by everyone, and yet cell theory is still a theory.
Meanwhile, Evolution is accepted by scientific institutions world over. The only people who do not accept it are a tiny minority of creationists who reject it not because of its evidence or lack thereof, but because their religion demands them to. It is pure confirmation bias.
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sandara Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
He's just repeating what creationists have been saying. It's up to him to read up on what credible scientists have been saying, or not; it's something he needs to explore on his own.
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Dkundzinsh Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
//Evolution doesn't claim we improve over time. Only that our environment selects traits which make us more adapted to that environment. Since environments change, species can become less well suited to new environments. Those that do not adapt to the new environment quickly suffer for it.
Our genetic code does have fragments, by the way. Non-coding genetic material from mutations, insertions from retroviruses, errors in transcription that end up being non-coding arrangements and so on.//

Are you aware that in around 100 generations or less human species will not be able to reproduce because the DNA will have so many mutations we will not be able to continue as species? scientists are aware of this, that is why they are putting in so much effort into researching singularity and obtaining immortality through technology where humans eventually transfer their own consciousnesses into machines and live forever, why do you think this is happening? has evolution stopped working for some reason on ALL creatures? if Evolution would be true we should not be going downwards in our DNA but "adapting" as you say to our new environment and improving, but the exact opposite is happening and what is truly intriguing is that humans are not the only one who are suffering of Genetic entropy, ALL the creatures on earth suffer from the same problem, no creature is improving, ALL creatures are deteriorating, or "suffering for it". do you know that humans who lived thousands of years ago were more humans than we are today? meaning their genetic code was more complete than ours.
Mutations and fragments of viruses are not proof that we once have been apes, I am talking about traces of real APE DNA, there is none because we never developed from them.

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No, we shouldn't be finding billions because fossilization only occurs in specific circumstance. Not every animal that dies becomes a fossil. The rate of fossil discoveries we make is consistent with how fossilization occurs.//

Actually we should be finding MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of transitional fossils because guess what, we are finding 
MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of non transitional fossils, evolutionists scratch their heads and claim its a mystery, there is no mystery, because there never was evolution that is why we can't even find ONE transitional fossil, the closest there ever was to proof is Lucy which turned to be fake.
according to what you say fossilization only occurs on complete creatures but never occurs on transitional creatures which makes very little sense, even if what you say would be some how true we would at least find few hundreds of fossilized transitional forms in between all the Millions that have been found so far.

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Abiogenesis means the original evolution of life or living organisms from inorganic or inanimate substances. What you're talking about is spontaneous generation, which is not what abiogenesis nor evolution claims. Pasteur only showed that complex life cannot spring from nowhere, not that a process of chemical evolution of organic simple chemicals can progress through steps that ends up at simple life. //

I meant Biogenesis not Abiogenesis, Life can only come from other life it CANNOT come into life spontaneously from inanimate matter, Evolution actually does claim that life spontaneously popped into existence, check any biology text book its all there, rocks were rained upon for millions of years and some how in a primal soup amino acids came together and created the first cell. do you realize how impossible would it be for a single cell to come together by mere chance? all the factories in the world combined do not come close to the complexity of a single cell organism, not to mention that you need billions of these guys come together at the same time perfectly and create some form of life, there are no rooms for mistakes, where did oxygen come from? evolution is a mathematical impossibility times billion and billion again at the least.

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Experiments on life from non-life include the Miller-Urey experiment which reproduced conditions of Early Earth's atmosphere and soil then left it alone. The result was the formation of organic molecules. Further experiments like the Joan Oro experiment showed the formation of all the compounds required for early proteins and the formation of life.//

Miller experiment only proved one thing, that impressive stern looking white coat wearing laboratory people in a fancy lab can do some impressive stuff, under controlled conditions of course. but seriously? how would they even know what was earth's conditions 65 billion years ago, no one was there so all they could rely on is theory and rich imagination and what is really sad that evolutionists hold on to to these poor experiments that prove nothing really regarding evolution and it's the best thing they have as proof. I believe that experiment was in the 60's, they couldn't come up with anything better than that until this day because the simply can't and they know it.

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You cannot prove any theory, as 'proof' is not a term used in science but in law, maths and logic debate. Other theories that are 'unproven' are cell theories, which posit that macrological life is composed of microscopic cells. This is something known as truth by everyone, and yet cell theory is still a theory.//

There are proven established scientific laws that are NOT just theory, simply because something is named a theory does not put them in the same category with non proven theories such as evolution, this is quite a manipulative move to try and put established laws that are proven on the same level with unproven theories such as evolution simply because they share the word "theory". cells are observable, we see what happens to them so we consider it a proven theory.
the theory of evolution is NON observable, the theory of gravity or the law of gravity is observable, there are laws that put criminals in jail because we know for a fact that we can trust those laws for 100% we cannot trust the theory of evolution at all because NOTHING of this theory is observable or was observable by any one, EVER, the word science means seeking knowledge through observation, evolution does not fall under that category.

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Meanwhile, Evolution is accepted by scientific institutions world over. The only people who do not accept it are a tiny minority of creationists who reject it not because of its evidence or lack thereof, but because their religion demands them to. It is pure confirmation bias.
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Just because the majority are believing something does not make it true.
Religion or no religion, I stick with what I see in the world not what I "wish" to see.
And you are right, God does commands us to keep his commandments which among them is "do not beare false witness", so in a way religion or God commands us to be truthful.

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sandara Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
That's probably one of the longest comments i've ever had in my gallery. :) anyway, i doubt any of us here can change your mind.
so please don't debate evolution here. 
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Tako8Yaki Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
WANT!!!!!!!!
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i-stamp Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
<3 Want this so bad.
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KainisTimber Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
I would buy this in a heart beat.
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Axe-Canabrava Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the idea of using a cladistics diagram like an abstract decoration! Very clever!
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ce-e-vel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Beautiful!!

I am very glad that you have made more coins, but also a bit jealous of your talent. You put my coins to shame! Did you put the year on the edge? I like to do that because these coins could easily be around in hundreds of years and it is nice for future owners to mark its place in time.

I look forward to seeing more of your coins.
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sandara Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Thank you!
Are you kidding? I always look at your coins and think "dammit why can't my coins be as nice?" :)
Other than the design, I always admire the way you put colors together on your coins. I have such a hard time trying to decide the colors and somehow it always comes out looking a bit lacking.

Yes, I put the year on the coin, along with a serial number. It's not a tracking number, but I guess it adds a little more uniqueness to the coin. 
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carelessxmistakes Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
I love this! I will definitely be getting more than one! 
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Sard1Lorlade Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
How do you make them? :) Metal carving or they aren't metal but something else?
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sandara Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
They are solid bronze with different metal finishing. They get minted by professionals at a factory. I only did the design. :)
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Sard1Lorlade Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh ok :) I though you are doing them all by yourself :)
Nice designes tho :P
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Ashtiel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
What company do you mint these through? They are beautiful! I love the Hades and Persephone one I purchased a few months back
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sandara Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
A factory in China. :) Thanks for buying a coin!
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Corvicula1979 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
I'm not sure whether I am committed enough to actually buying this one, but this is great.  One of those, I think it's awesome that it exists. I especially like the front with the phylogenetic tree. :)
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sandara Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Thanks! :)
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jayswing96 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That looks so awesome! I wish I could buy it. :)
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sandara Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Thank you! :)
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NightmareoTwilight Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I would buy the coin right now!
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Crimzen250 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME
you are a genius for thinking of this
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sandara Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Thank you! :)
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Cro-Magna Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014   Digital Artist
So awesome! Love the take on the phylogenetic tree. The design is cool, and I love the colors. c:
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sandara Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Thank you! :)
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TC-GreenBooks Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional Writer
I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
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