authentication numbers correspond to styles?


Dec 15, 2006
i just recently became interested in chanel so i'm still a n00b, bear with me.

do the auth. numbers correspond to the different styles? if they do... does anyone know what an auth. number for a cambon tote should be? my friend purchased one that begins with a "3," and i swore i read that after the 90's all the auth. numbers begin with 7 or 8.


Mon for short
Mar 28, 2006
Hi Michele, since u are one of our experts, I have a question for you. How can you tell what year a bag is from by the serial number? I guess what part of the serial number identifies what year the bag is from?

There's some info about age of the bag in this thread I think.

ETA: I didn't see it in that thread but I have Michele's response saved on my computer. Here are two different posts, I think pretty much same information.

Mostly, the hologram can indicate when the bag was produced.

For example, if the hologram has 8 digits starting with a 10, its from 2005-2006.

For the last couple of years, this method has been reliable:

2006-2007 11
2005-2006 10
2004-2005 9 (7 digits)
2003-2004 8
2002-2003 7
2001-2002 6

etc, etc....

The older chanel bags are a little more difficult. For example, the first holograms in the 80's started with a 0 and by the time the 1's came out it was already late 80's early 90's.

A 10 (eight digit number was produced in 2005 and 2006. I have actually started to see a few 11's for fall season bags.

So for 2006 You would see holograms with 8 numbers

2005 - 7 numbers if its a nine

2004 (7 numbers)

etc, etc.... I think this is a pretty good method, until you get around the 2's and 3' and 4's. The first hologram started with a 0 (7 digit) number. The older chanel numbers are a little more tricky, because by the time the hologram had a 2 the bag was probably from the late 80's early 90's.