I was super excited this morning to receive this in my inbox!! I love vintage Chanel and its always quite a task to make sure the bag is authentic.  Always make sure when you are thinking of purchasing a vintage Chanel that you do get it authenticated and that it is from a reputable seller.  Inside a Chanel bag you will find a serial sticker which should match the authentication card (assuming all is intact).  Those no.s are not just random numbers but they can give you an indication what circa your bag is from.  The email I got from the fabulous Vintage Designer Handbags shows you how YOU can identify the circa of the bag.

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ecd2f23a80b32b0552176a125bd07ca3 Chanel Serial Numbers/Stickers
Authentic Chanel handbags from the mid 1980s on come with authenticity cards embossed with a serial number (pictured on right). The serial number matches the serial number appearing on a sticker placed somewhere within the handbag’s interior lining. The serial number sticker has Chanel logos and was protected by a clear tape with hologram security feature from approximately 2000-on. The sticker, Chanel logo, and hologram design varied with the manufacturing date:

Serial Number Year Manufactured Style of Numbers Style of Serial Number Sticker Picture of Serial Number Sticker
13XXXXXX 2009 to 2010 0′s have strikethroughs. 1′s have small serifs (feet). Eight digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on right right side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker. cbed73d76dc1098fce643cbb233f57f4 Chanel Serial Numbers/Stickers
12XXXXXX 2008 to 2009 0′s have strikethroughs. 1′s have small serifs (feet). Eight digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on right right side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker. 7ff4d613dfc3651768cb9f005feb6cf7 Chanel Serial Numbers/Stickers
11XXXXXX 2006 to 2008 0′s have strikethroughs. 1′s have small serifs (feet). Eight digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on right right side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker. 485865d063b2518be50ef90658d42a6c Chanel Serial Numbers/Stickers
10XXXXXX 2005 to 2006 0′s have strikethroughs. 1′s have small serifs (feet). Eight digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on right right side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker. fcefb4397474d7cc5deaafb5554b5ac6 Chanel Serial Numbers/Stickers
9XXXXXX 2004 to 2005 0′s have strikethroughs. 1′s have small serifs (feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on right right side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker. 773dc0a4c595270c5c7fdd33726da037 Chanel Serial Numbers/Stickers
8XXXXXX 2003 to 2004 0′s have strikethroughs. 1′s have small serifs (feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on right right side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker. 1eb6ccf0c33c8fe090ec9ab93e7ec4dd Chanel Serial Numbers/Stickers
7XXXXXX 2002 to 2003 0′s have strikethroughs. 1′s have small serifs (feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on right right side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker. 4387044cb420164fb2f4e5996ae88deb Chanel Serial Numbers/Stickers
6XXXXXX 2000 to 2002 0′s have strikethroughs. 1′s have small serifs (feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on right right side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker. 78bbcb4f6ac3e4109b83b41dc56f0198 Chanel Serial Numbers/Stickers
5XXXXXX 1997 to 1999 0′s have strikethroughs up to 51XXXXX. 0′s have no strikethroughs
from 52XXXXX to 56XXXXX. 0′s have strikethroughs from 57XXXXX on. 1′s have small serifs (feet) from 57XXXXX on.
Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker covered with clear tape with two Chanel logos from 57XXXXX on.”X” cut-lines prevent sticker from being removed without damage. “CHANEL” appears on right right side of the sticker. Dark line appears on left side of sticker. Gold speckles appear throughout sticker. 00b2e5e4f764bf19cbf44349beb7cc9b Chanel Serial Numbers/Stickers
4XXXXXX 1996 to 1997 0′s have strikethroughs. 1′s are sans-serifs (no feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker with Chanel logos. Opaque film covers sticker. bb372310f463a573f0eb3a7fa96064ff Chanel Serial Numbers/Stickers
3XXXXXX 1994 to 1996 0′s have strikethroughs. 1′s are sans-serifs (no feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker with Chanel logos. Opaque film covers sticker. 52aa81eef110144eb29fc7b585e6fc4f Chanel Serial Numbers/Stickers
2XXXXXX 1991 to 1994 0′s have no strikethroughs up to 27XXXXXX. 1′s are sans-serifs (no feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker with Chanel logos. Opaque film covers sticker. 4d7fe1d835781436a7fd4ce85cb3ed54 Chanel Serial Numbers/Stickers
1XXXXXX 1989 to 1991 0′s have no strikethroughs. 1′s have serifs (feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker with Chanel logos and left-sided cutout. Opaque film covers sticker. 9b72322557ec3722b903d2aeb8aaebff Chanel Serial Numbers/Stickers
0XXXXXX 1986 to 1988 0′s have no strikethroughs. 1′s have serifs (feet). Seven digit serial number printed on white sticker with Chanel logos and left-sided cutout. Opaque film covers sticker.

Note that over time, serial number stickers often become detached from handbags. Authentication cards also often become lost. Therefore, Chanel handbags missing these items may still be authentic.