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Chanel Hologram Sticker | Part 3


Hologram sticker: The hologram sticker is a security device that was added to in the 1980's to deter deceptive counterfeiting. It consists of two specified layers with a series number printed on it for identification purposes. With these numbers you can identify the year the handbag was made.

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Layer 1: The top layer of the hologram sticker is a clear film that has gold speckles sprinkled across it. These gold sparkles however did not exist on the earliest Chanel items. They were added as another security feature during the 3/4 of Chanel's five series. On the east side of the top layer you should find a logo strip running north and south that reads, ChanelChanelChanel. The west side of the layer you should then find a black line running north and south.

Figure 1: Chanel hologram series 9, series 5


Image [A]:
[1] This is the black line running north-south on the west side of the layer. Sometimes these lines are difficult to see on items that have dark colored backgrounds.
[2] This is the Chanel logo strip that also runs noth-south on the east side of the layer. As with the black line, these logo strips can be difficult to see when the item they are stickered to is dark itself.
[3] The gold sparkles will be easily seen in the areas where there is no background print. They should look as if they were simply sprinkled on, not conforming to any recognizable pattern.
Image [B]
[4] This is an example of a late series 5, [5958888] that has the gold sparkle hologram security feature.
(*) Notice how the dark line and Chanel logo strip are difficult to see in image B becasue of the dark color of the item itself.

Layer 2: The bottom layer is a white sticker that will have the series number printed on it, as well as two gold Chanel logos dierectly above. These interlocking c logos should be centered within the series number, forming symmetric rows. This white underlayer should also be sliced into an X.

Figure 2: White sticker layer

[1] Point 1 is indicating where the gold Chanel interlocking c logos should be found. Notice that they are centered between the series number. The space between the two logos is directy above the 4th digit in the sequence.
[2] This is the series number sequence. In this case, we have a late series 5 handbag. The later series is identified by the second number in the sequence, 9. The Chanel series sequences run in order such as the set: {50,51,...,59}. The chronology easily indentified by the second digit.
[3] The 3 point is indicating the x slice securuty feature. This should be found on all hologram stickers.

Digit details Chanel uses specific fonts at different times throughout their history. One such font utilizes sans-sarif, and the other is simply sarif. There are two digits to take note of when scrutininzing a hologram sticker: {1,0}. Both digits, depending on the series number of the Chanel item, will have two distinct fonts. Below is a rundown of the two fonts that the 1 and 0 will display on a Chanel hologram sticker.

Figure 3: Chanel font details for the numbers 1 and 0.

Serif: This font has a baseline → 1

Sans-Serif: This font has no baseline → 1

Struck 0: This font will have a slash → Ø

Regular 0: This font will have no slash → O


Figure 4: Chanel hologram sticker series list

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Chanel series 0 - 7
Series numberHologram sticker image
Series 0

Seven digits:
[0][x][x][x][x][x][x]

1986-1988

Serif: 1

Regular: O
Series 1

Seven digits:
[1][x][x][x][x][x][x]

1989-1991

Serif: 1

Regular: O
Series 2

Seven digits:
[2][x][x][x][x][x][x]

1991-1994

Serif: 1

Regular: O

(!)Slashed: Ø Starts at series 27xxxxx.
Series 3

Seven digits:
[3][x][x][x][x][x][x]

1994-1996

Sans-Serif: 1

Slashed: Ø
Series 4

Seven digits:
[4][x][x][x][x][x][x]

1996-1997

Sans-Serif: 1

Slashed: Ø
Series 5

Seven digits:
[5][x][x][x][x][x][x]

1997-1999

(!)Sans-Serif: 1 is used from 50-57. From 57 foreword they us the serif 1 font.

(!)Slashed: Ø is used from 50-51. Then the no-slash 'O' is used from 52-56. And back to Ø from 57 on.
Series 6

Seven digits:
[6][x][x][x][x][x][x]

2000-2002

Serif: 1

Slashed: Ø
Series 7

Seven digits:
[7][x][x][x][x][x][x]

2002-2003

Serif: 1

Slashed: Ø
Chanel series 8 - 14
Series numberHologram sticker image
Series 8

Seven digits:
[8][x][x][x][x][x][x]

2003-2004

Serif: 1

Slashed: Ø
Series 9

Seven digits:
[9][x][x][x][x][x][x]

2004-2005

Serif: 1

Slashed: Ø
Series 10

Eight digits:
[1][0][x][x][x][x][x][x]

2005-2006

Serif: 1

Slashed: Ø
Series 11

Eight digits:
[1][1][x][x][x][x][x][x]

2006-2008

Serif: 1

Slashed: Ø
Series 12

Eight digits:
[1][2][x][x][x][x][x][x]

2008-2009

Serif: 1

Slashed: Ø
Series 13

Eight digits:
[1][3][x][x][x][x][x][x]

2009-2010

Serif: 1

Slashed: Ø
Series 14

Eight digits:
[1][4][x][x][x][x][x][x]

2011

Serif: 1

Slashed: Ø
Miscallaneous: Hologram stickers can be torn and damaged or ripped out of the bag and lost completely. A missing hologram sticker is not an autocmatic inditment of the item. Authentic bags can and will have missing hologram stickers. However, be extra careful when you encounter such items because you have even less information to scrutinize when attempting to determine the authenticity status