Tips on How to Read Gucci Serial Numbers

There is no doubt that nothing makes a pretty woman look even more gorgeous and lovely than a chic handbag, especially one of the Gucci brands. The process of finding a bag to gift to someone special or for your personal use is very exciting. However, because of the popularity of Gucci, you should be careful not to buy a fake one. One of the best ways to confirm the authenticity of a Gucci bag is by checking the serial number and learning how to read it.

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Where To Find The Gucci Serial Number?

To begin with, you need to check the interior of a bag for the serial number. The tag is made out of leather, rectangular, and is usually stitched on the top or placed close to the zippers and not on the bag sides. The actual serial number can be found on the opposite side of the tag.

How Do You Interpret Gucci Serial Numbers?

A Gucci serial number is a series of 10 – 13 figures, mostly in two rows. Usually, the first row tells you the style code/number while the second row tells you the supplier code.

The serial number on a Gucci bag is a form of protection and assurance so that customers can be sure that their good-looking and stylish bags are authentic. It can be compared to a passport or an ID but for bags only. In addition, it makes things harder for forgers who make fake bags.

How To Know A Fake Gucci Serial Number?

With replicas available on the internet and other markets looking so good, it would be of help to know some guidelines concerning Gucci serial numbers in order to protect yourself from fake items.

Now that we know where to find the tags, let’s take a more detailed look at the serial number and learn how to discover fakes.

  • First, look more closely at the front side of the tag. You should see three rows of words on a heat stamp. The first row will have a trademark symbol: a circle with the letter ‘R’ in it, just like this ®.
  • Below the trademark symbol, you should see the Gucci brand name written in uppercase. In the Gucci logo, the letters G and C have a very round appearance and resemble an incomplete letter O.
  • The third row reads ‘made in Italy’. The letters should all be in lowercase, of the same size, and should be spaced equally (if you come across a handbag with substandard letters and spacing, you can be sure it’s a fake).
  • The serial number can be found on the other side of the tag. Gucci has made use of several sequences of numbers for the serial numbers in all their years of production. These days, they mostly use two lines of numbers, one above the other, with a total of 10 to 13 numbers altogether. Once again, the first row tells you the style code/number which is also written on the price tag of the bag. The second row of numbers indicates the supplier code. The serial number on small leather Gucci items is divided by a dot in place of having two rows. The style code is indicated by the number sequence before the dot while the supplier code is indicated after the dot.

However, it is worth noting that serial numbers are not unique, just as not every bag is unique. Hence, you can come across other genuine accessories that have the same serial numbers.

Are There Serial Numbers On Old Gucci Bags?

Some people who may want to purchase a vintage Gucci bag or own one and want to check the serial number may find it surprising that the old handbag has nothing like a serial number. Does this indicate that they have a fake? Actually, no.

As a matter of fact, it was only in the 1990s that Gucci first introduced the now widespread rectangular leather tags with right angles containing serial numbers on the opposite side (as shown in the images above).

There were usually no numbers on the bags made before the 1980s. Also, there are some old handbags made between 1979 and 1983 that featured round tags with gold badges or lettering. On vintage bags, Gucci’s beautiful Knight crest can be seen with the ‘MADE IN ITALY’ embossed typically in uppercase beside the logo.

Besides, there may also be dots or dashes on the first row of serial numbers but never letters. The trademark symbol may also be absent.