Chanel Serial Number and Hologram Sticker Guide

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Handbags from fashion houses like Chanel, Celine, Dior and Louis Vuitton come with a date code. Chanel date code is also named as authenticity code, serial code, serial number, serial sticker, hologram sticker and authenticity sticker. In this post, I will be using the term serial number.

Chanel Serial Number Is Unique

Unlike other fashion houses, Chanel serial number is unique, like Rolex. That means there will be no two Chanel handbags which share the same serial number. Thus, for security reasons, some sellers might only reveal the first two to three digits of serial number that is sufficient to tell the year of production. For example, handbag marked as series 17 on marketplace such as eBay means the serial number starts with 17, followed by 6 digits of number. See example below.

Chanel Serial Number and Hologram Sticker Guide
Chanel handbag marked as series 17 means the serial number starts with 17, followed by 6 digits of number. This handbag was made in year 2012/13. Image was taken from my collection, Chanel Black Quilted Leather Rita Flap Bag.

Every Chanel handbag made since mid 1980s will come with a serial number which corresponds with authenticity card. Imagine how huge Chanel serial number database is… Chanel serial number is always placed on the lower corner of the bag interior or internal zip pocket. This makes taking photos for the serial number difficult at times depending on the location the serial number is placed. It can be adhere to fabric or leather lining directly or on a piece of rectangular leather tab which is attached to the lining. The serial number is either or not protected with a piece of glittered transparent film, depending on the year of production.  The designs of authenticity card and serial number have changed over the years.

We Hope to Preserve Everything But…

Over time, Chanel serial number can be fallen out, authenticity card can be missing or both can happen. These do not make a Chanel less authentic. So do no one will consider a counterfeit Chanel which comes with complete “proof of authenticity” authentic. The lack of serial number and/or authenticity card can always compensate with an thorough authentication process which involves verifying other traits such as stamping, embossing, hardware, texture, finishing and weight. Change of handbag lining which is done by Chanel will have the serial number remained intact, check out this sold Chanel Quilted Denim Stretch Spirit Maxi Messenger which had its lining changed.

The Serial Number

These are the various Chanel serial numbers from my Chanel handbags in sequential order. You can tell from the images below that the design of the serial number remained unchanged from year 2004 to 2017. From the images, we can see that a serial number has:

  1. Glittered transparent film intact.
  2. Glittered film are printed with “CHANEL” and logo marks at one side, and grey strip at another side. It is less visible when black leather tab is used.
  3. Two Chanel logos above the serial number. In my examples, they are all in gold.
  4. Sticker is cut with a cross (“X”) so they can not be removed without damage.
Chanel Serial Number and Hologram Sticker Guide
Serial numbers for handbags produced in between year 2004 and 2011.

 

Chanel Serial Number and Hologram Sticker Guide
Serial numbers for handbags produced in between year 2010 and 2017.

Other Than Serial Number

Four images with red borders were taken from my authentic vintage Chanel handbags. They are not serial numbers. Some of these handbags do have serial numbers attached on the lining.

Chanel Serial Number and Hologram Sticker Guide
Four images with red borders were taken from my authentic vintage Chanel handbags. They are not serial numbers. Some of these handbags do have serial numbers attached on the lining. These serial numbers are for handbags produced in between year 1991 and 1997.

I hope that you have some takeaway from this post and stay tuned for the next updates.

Chanel Handbag Serial Number

Data below are subject to update, especially for Chanel bags and small leather goods produced in year 2019 and 2020.
Series on HandbagNumber of DigitYears of Production
30xxxxxx82020
29xxxxxx82019 - 2020
28xxxxxx82019
27xxxxxx82019
26xxxxxx82019
25xxxxxx82018
24xxxxxx82017 - 2018
23xxxxxx82016 - 2017
22xxxxxx82016 - 2017
21xxxxxx82015 - 2016
20xxxxxx82014 - 2015
19xxxxxx82014
18xxxxxx82013 - 2014
17xxxxxx82012 - 2013
16xxxxxx82012
15xxxxxx82011
14xxxxxx82010 - 2011
13xxxxxx82009 - 2010
12xxxxxx82008 - 2009
11xxxxxx82006 - 2008
10xxxxxx82005 - 2006
9xxxxxx72004 - 2005
8xxxxxx72003 - 2004
7xxxxxx72002 - 2003
6xxxxxx72000 - 2002
5xxxxxx71997 - 1999
4xxxxxx71996 - 1997
3xxxxxx71994 - 1996
2xxxxxx71991 - 1994
1xxxxxx71989 - 1991
0xxxxxx71986 - 1988
2xxxxx
(Serial number on
authentication card
starts with 02xxxxx)
61986 - 1988
1xxxxx
(Serial number on
authentication card
starts with 01xxxxx)
61986 - 1988

Last updated on August 24, 2020.

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