The Boot of Cortez
The famous Boot of Cortez is one the most significant metal detector finds in recent history. This breathtaking gold nugget was discovered by a local prospector in the Sonoran Desert in 1989.
With a weight of 12.38 kilograms (437 ounces), the Boot of Cortez holds the record for the largest surviving gold nugget found in the Western Hemisphere. Named after the footwear of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, the nugget was sold at auction in 2008 for $1.6 million (US).