Coach did offer a for-pay authentication service, but dropped it a few years ago. Call at 1 904 741-3090 and give the representative your serial number. Vintage Coach bags are really varied in materials. I bought a coach bag and the numbers match. The style number is right but there are invalid codes in the prefix and a serious mistake in the design of the bag - Tafts are frequently faked, have them authenticated 0974-534 - has shown up on several counterfeit Willis Bags and fakes of other classic leather styles.
The letters on the creed should all be the same size, and must not contain any weird misspellings. I have a Slim Carly in Metallic, Style 11872. To help wade through the counterfeit Coaches for sale, here's a basic guide to some of the most commonly-used fake serial numbers. H6S-9135 - Any bag especially any in the Hippie Flap style with a serial number of H6S-9135 should be referred to the posters at Ebay for authentication. If the Cs are cut off on the sides, it is probably a fake bag. I was gifted a Coach purse it has a tag with serial number inside. You can also search on , where the people are knowledgeable and may have had a past discussion about the bag you are researching.
There are also other websites that assist in the verification of Coach serial numbers and how to determine what year they were implemented. So always keep in mind that guides are just that - guides - and things can change. Have these authenticated if possible. One or more of them might own the same bag and know what to look for. Always have any bag with this number authenticated at Ebay's Shoes, Purses and Accessories forum or at thePurseForum, as with any other questionable numbers listed in this Guide. Always remember those words and take them to heart.
Coach introduced the serial numbers. Just look all over on the zipper. Unfortunately starting in late 2014, Coach stopped stamping the serial numbers on the creed patch and instead hid them on a tiny fabric tag at the bottom of the inside pocket, which makes them almost useless for authentication purposes. That middle digit in that kind of serial number format should be a number, not a letter. Other prefixes often found in fake as well as real serial numbers: J4D- J6D- J8D- J9H- There has been a large increase of proveably fake bags using both J8H- and J9H- serial prefixes.
Coach leather is also not paper thin and prone to peeling though some is easy to scuff. Many purses in the outlets are kept in bins; they may have scuff marks, loose threads or sticky handles. According to , in fact, it can even be difficult for the company distinguish the real thing, although they have both overt and covert ways to tell such as hidden stitch counts. You should repost this thread on the Shoes, Purses and Accessories Board. Almost all others I have seen fill up the entire space on the patch. They're usually happy to tell you about your bag's serial number and, if asked, to help authenticate your new or vintage bag. There are exceptions, but ask someone at the Ebay Shoes and Purses Forum to look at the auction to see if your bag is one of them.
I recently bought coach bags that my friend selling and she told me that she ordered those bags thru online. The genuine ones have a very specific and noticeable font and stamping and will all be classic 1995 leather styles. Before 1994, most serial numbers were seven numbers a few were six or eight numbers long and didn't give any clue to the style name of the bag. It could just be the angle of the camera…? Searching For a Serial Number A serial number is a number that can be found inside your Coach purse meant to prove that your purse is indeed real. A genuine bag with this number would only have been made in 2003. Thank you for sharing your knowledge on Coach; your information is invaluable. There are some real bags with commonly faked serial numbers.
The L4C- prefix usually appears in fake Signature fabric bags and so far -9956 has never been seen in a genuine bag. How to authenticate Coach bags. There are thousands of fakes that won't have any of those numbers, and many fakes, especially newer ones, can have accurate serial numbers. Don't Sacrifice for Style If you are a savvy shopper who does research, you can purchase great Coach bags and make your wallet happy at the same time. Your site is very easy to understand and helpful, so thank you! For a while in 2009, there were various Bonnie canvas wannabes and leather Lilys that were showing up with this style number. Hello Lily, Based on the photos, my impression is that the bag is authentic.
Can you tell me what the letter prefixes mean? Just keep it in mind as you look at other things. As for China: most Coach bags are made in China these days, but be wary of any seller who ships bags from China. Those will be New York City-made bags. The second digit, always a number, was the year the bag was made. Up until the end of the 1990s, the serial numbers were mostly hand-stamped using a mechanism that allowed the operator to change numbers quickly, and often in early Coaches you can see the top or bottom of the next number in line above or below the actual serial number. In a real Coach bag, the middle seam will go straight through the middle of the Cs, and the C's will extend to the sides of the bag.