1881 - 1956
American sculptor Chester A. Beach (1881-1956) was born in San Francisco, moved to New York City in 1903, and then to Paris in 1904 where he attended the École des Beaux-Arts. He returned to Manhattan in 1907 and established a studio he maintained for forty-five years. In 1915 he designed three statues for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition and received a silver medal. In 1919 his entry was selected in a competition held by the American Numismatic Society (ANS) for the design of a peace medal commemorating the Treaty of Versailles. ANS awarded Beach its Saltus Medal in 1946 in recognition for his work in medals.