Decoding Chanel: A Date Stamp Guide

Buying authentic Chanel handbags


Authenticating a Chanel handbag can be somewhat complex. While there are many things to consider (see our complete Chanel Authenticity Guide), the date code is of particular importance. Not only will these help with authentication, but they'll also give you an estimation on the age of the bag, allowing you to better equip yourself prior to your purchase of a secondhand Chanel bag.

The date codes, sometimes referred to as authenticity codes or serial codes, on Chanel handbags consist of serial numbers that correspond to time periods during which the bags were manufactured. For example, the most recently manufactured bags have 8-digit serial numbers beginning with “23”. Certain features about the date code stickers, style of numerals in the date code, and authenticity cards have changed somewhat over the years. Use the information & visuals below to assist you in determining in the manufacturing age of your bag as well as whether your bag does or does not conform to those features (and thus whether there are any red flags about its authenticity). Keep in mind that Chanel only started using date codes in the mid-1980s.

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Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2017 to present


Serial number: 23XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2017 to present
Features: 8-digit serial numbers beginning with 23. Similar to the 2016 date codes, the the 2017 serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. The sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. A dark vertical line is apparent running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2016-2017

Serial number: 22XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2016-2017
Features: 8-digit serial numbers beginning with 22. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2015-2016

Serial number: 21XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2015-2016
Features: 8-digit serial numbers beginning with 21. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet. 

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2014-2015

Serial number: 20XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2014-2015
Features: 8-digit serial numbers beginning with 20. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2014

Serial number: 19XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2014
Features: 8-digit serial numbers beginning with 19. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2013-2014

Serial number: 18XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2013-2014
Features: 8-digit serial numbers beginning with 18. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2012-2013

Serial number: 17XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2012-2013
Features: 8-digit serial numbers beginning with 17. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2012

Serial number: 16XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2012
Features: 8-digit serial numbers beginning with 16. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2011

Serial number: 15XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2011
Features: 8-digit serial numbers beginning with 15. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks.0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2010-2011

Serial number: 14XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2010-2011
Features: 8-digit serial numbers beginning with 14. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2009-2010

Serial number: 13XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2009-2010
Features: 8-digit serial numbers beginning with 13. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2008-2009

Serial number: 12XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2008-2009
Features: 8-digit serial numbers beginning with 12. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2006-2008

Serial number: 11XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2006-2008
Features: 8-digit serial numbers beginning with 11. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2005-2006

Serial number: 10XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2005-2006
Features: 8-digit serial numbers beginning with 10. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2004-2005

Serial number: 9XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2004-2005
Features: 7-digit serial numbers beginning with 9. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2003-2004

Serial number: 8XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2003-2004
Features: 7-digit serial numbers beginning with 8. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2002-2003

Serial number: 7XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2002-2003
Features: 7-digit serial numbers beginning with 7. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 2000-2002

Serial number: 6XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 2000-2002
Features: 7-digit serial numbers beginning with 6. Serial number is printed on a white sticker that is covered with transparent tape, with two Chanel logos above the serial number. Sticker has an “X” cut into it to prevent removal without damage. The transparent tape has "CHANEL" printed vertically on the right side and a dark vertical line running down the left side. The transparent tape is covered in faint iridescent specks. 0 has strike through and 1 has small serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 1997-1999

Serial number: 5XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 1997-1999
Features: 7-digit serial numbers beginning with 5. Serial number is printed on a white sticker with numerous Chanel logos.  For codes beginning with 57, 58 and 59 there may be two Chanel logos above the serial number. 0 has strike through for serial numbers beginning with 50, 51, 57, 59 and 59. 0 has no strike through for serial numbers beginning with 52, 53, 54, 55 and 56. 1 has small serifs or feet for serial numbers beginning with 57, 58 and 59.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 1996-1997

Serial number: 4XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 1996-1997
Features: 7-digit serial numbers beginning with 4. Serial number is printed on a white sticker with numerous Chanel logos.  Sticker is covered with an opaque film. 0 has strike through and 1 is sans-serif style (no feet).

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 1994-1996

Serial number: 3XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 1994-1996
Features: 7-digit serial numbers beginning with 3. Serial number is printed on a white sticker with numerous Chanel logos. Sticker is covered with an opaque film. 0 has strike through and 1 is sans-serif style (no feet).

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 1991-1994

Serial number: 2XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 1991-1994
Features: 7-digit serial numbers beginning with 2. Serial number is printed on a white sticker with numerous Chanel logos. Sticker is covered with an opaque film. 0 has strike through for serial numbers starting with 28 and 29. 1 has serifs or feet.

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 1989-1991

Serial number: 1XXXXXX
Year manufactured: 1989-1991
Features: 7-digit serial numbers beginning with 1. Serial number is printed on a white sticker with numerous Chanel logos. Sticker is covered with an opaque film. Left side of sticker is indented/scooped out. 0 has no strike through and 1 has serifs or feet. 

Authentic Chanel Serial Number 1986-1988

Serial number: 0XXXXXX*
Year manufactured: 1986-1988
Features: 7-digit serial numbers beginning with 0. Serial number is printed on a white sticker with numerous Chanel logos. Sticker is covered with an opaque film. Left side of sticker is indented/scooped out. 0 has no strike through and 1 has serifs or feet.
*Note: Early serial numbers from these years did not begin with the zero, and are thus six-digit serial numbers beginning with 1 or 2. In addition, the stickers for these earlier serial numbers were slightly larger than those produced later in the series.

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About Wear Condition

Our team works incredibly hard to photograph & describe all crucial details of each preloved handbag and accessory. We measure, write and photograph everything in-house and pay careful attention to do so with supreme accuracy. We photograph every bag in the same studio setup to control outlying variables and keep color consistency. We encourage customers to look at the product on several screens prior to purchase as screen calibration may adjust the appearance of a color. Please be sure to read each description & take note of all wear prior to purchase. 

Mint - No signs of wear. Usually unworn.

Excellent A few signs of noted wear. This could include small marks, light scuffs and a bit of rubbing to corners. These can appear near mint, or seem very lightly worn.

Very good - Several signs of noted wear. This could include more noticeable marks, light scratches and corner rubbing. These range from lightly worn to moderately worn.

Good - Many signs of wear or few signs of extensive wear. This could include dark marks or stains, deeper scratches and visible signs of age. Never appearing on the exterior of our bags, this is a rare condition sometimes found on the interior of a bag that will appear heavily worn inside.

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