Chanel 101: Serial Codes

What They Are And How To Read Them

Within the luxe lining of each Chanel bag is a series of numbers printed on a tag or sticker to help prevent counterfeiting of the highly coveted bags since 1986. While these numbers represent a solution to the larger issue of authenticity, they remain a factor in identifying the age of each Chanel bag.

Is It A Serial Code?

Unlike Louis Vuitton bags, which include a date code inside of their products, Chanel’s numbers are actual serial codes. Though it is an in-house system that only a few are privy to, namely employees, the serial number printed on each bag is specific to the bag itself. This allows the brand to keep a close eye on pieces sold across various platforms to prevent counterfeit pieces from circulating within the resale market.

Codes

There are a few things to note when it comes to serial codes. Numbers initially had seven digits before the codes required the use of a ten to start, at which point they became eight-digit numbers. There is a zero series, this was the first round of codes added to Chanel bags for the first two years. Serial codes are often referred to as “series” based on the first one to two digits (depending on seven or eight-digit numbers).

Serial Number (Series)
Year of Manufacture

30######

2020

29######

2019

28######

2019

27######

2019

26######

2018 - 2019

25######

2018

24######

2017 - 2018

23######

2017

22######

2016 - 2017

21######

2015 - 2016

20######

2014 - 2015

19######

2014

18######

2013 - 2014

17######

2012 - 2013

16######

2012

15######

2011

14######

2010 - 2011

13######

2009 - 2010

12######

2008 - 2009

11######

2006 - 2008

10######

2005 - 2006

9######

2004 - 2005

8######

2003 - 2004

7######

2002 - 2003

6######

2000 - 2002

5######

1997 - 1999

4######

1996 - 1997

3######

1994 - 1996

2######

1991 - 1994

1######

1989 - 1991

0######

1986 - 1988

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