Ultimate Real vs. Fake Gucci Bag Guide – The Gucci Bag Serial Number Check: Part 2

Rounded Gucci Leather Tag 1990s - 'Authentic Gucci Bag' - Ultimate Guide on How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real or Fake - Bagaholic 101


(First published on July 27, 2017)

In Part 1 of Gucci serial number check, we have discussed closely the Gucci font. This is a great start off point on how to tell if a Gucci bag is real (or fake). There’s also an in-depth information on vintage Gucci bags’ leather tag and serial number.

It takes getting used to. I recommend sending an authentication request if you are pressed for time or still not confident. More information here.

We continue here at Part 2 with another style of Gucci leather tag and serial number. This is mostly found on bags from the 1990s, even until the early 2000s.


A Vintage Reworking

As you may remember, Gucci has employed a round leather tag in some of its vintage bags. A newer version of this had the Gucci knight crest removed, along with the gold-tone metal plaque. For instance, look at this example:

Gucci bag tag with serial number 000.2023.0506 - Original Gucci Bags on Sale - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real

Gucci bag tag with serial number 000.2023.0506

This leather tag and serial number came from this Gucci bag:

A black patent leather Gucci shoulderbag with interlocking GG in front with serial number 000.2023.0506 - Original Gucci Bags on Sale - Gucci Serial Number Check - How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real

A black patent leather Gucci shoulderbag with interlocking GG in front

If you are familiar with a contemporary Gucci Interlocking bag, they have the same logo — only that this is not made with a silver hardware.

Going back to the leather tag, you will notice that the front was devoid of other things except for ‘GUCCI’ (all caps), and the ‘made in italy’ (lowercase).
However, there are instances that with the same style of round leather tab, the ‘MADE IN ITALY’ is written in all capital letters. For example, take a look at the photo below:

Gucci bag tag with serial number 000.2058.0308.5 - Original Gucci Bags on Sale - Gucci Serial Number Check -How to Tell if a Gucci Bag is Real

Gucci bag tag with serial number 000.2058.0308.5

Just like vintage bags, the serial number is clustered in groups as well. However, there are authentic bags that have groupings of 4 as well.


The color of the leather tag must also match the color of the bag. A white leather tag should not be found in a black bag, nor does a brown leather tag be found in a white bag.

A quick note about Gucci serial numbers: they are not unique. Just like a Louis Vuitton date code, the same set/combination can appear in a number of bags.

In the next post, I will be discussing the newer style leather tags. This is the type of tag we usually see in contemporary Gucci bags, which should need your utmost attention.

(Still unsure? Then you may try BAGAHOLIC 101’s authentication service below — QUICK AND EASY!)






  1. Do the accessory collection vintage zip tops sometimes have serial numbers like this? 378.02.017

    • Hi! You can post photos through a link for an image hosting site like Photobucket. I can then help you look at your Gucci bag if it is fake or authentic. Cheers!

  2. I came across a Kelly style bag look like this

    First, the tag only has GUCCI which has all font features that authentic Gucci tends to have. However, it does not have Made in italy.

    Second, there is no serial number at the back of the tag. I’m not sure if this has to do with the old style or not.

    Other than that, the bag looks quite good quality and material seems quite good. It weighs quite heavy and has wears that a vintage bag you would expect to have.

    Will you say it’s a fake or not?


    • Hi! If that is the same bag as that you are interested in, it looks authentic to me. =)

    • Hi! This is an authentic vintage Gucci Accessory Collection bag. Cheers!

  3. Hello! I hope you can help me with this (: I just bought this bag and I’m hoping it’s authentic. Fingers crossed! Can you please help me?

    Thank you!

  4. HI so it’s okay that is doesn’t have the trademark symbol on the tag the R with the circle ?

  5. Hello! I just found your blog and I’m obsessed! I love your posts. I am a newbie and they are very informative. I appreciate that you take the time to do this.

    I am looking to purchase a vintage Gucci bag. May you please help me determine if this bag is authentic? I am a first-time buyer so I want to make sure I am purchasing the real deal. Thank you!

    Here is the link for the bag:


    Link to photos:




    Also, I asked the seller for a picture of the serial number behind the tag and she sent it to me in my inbox.
    Here is the link showing the serial number behind the tag:


    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • Hi! Glad to hear you find the Gucci authentication guide helpful.
      The Gucci pink Gucci suede backpack with bamboo handle is authentic. Cheers!

  6. Hi! Thanks for authenticating my white jackie o and blue shoulder tote previously! I finally found myself a small monogram crossbody with the iconic green,red,green webbing At a good price with minimal lining flocking and it feels like mission accomplished! 😀 BUT the rounded tag threw me off gaurd. It’s one of those rounded tag with GUCCI ME IN ITALY without the trademark r. The rest seems legit, zipper has Ykk on both sides and 5CN down the middle and has interlocking GG on a medallion hanging off the zipper, has a gold interlocking GG engraved into both sides of the hardware where the crossbody strap attaches and on the front of the bag
    The monogram seems to have been lined up well. Here is the link to some picture. What do you think? Real? https://1drv.ms/f/s!Ao-YyhNcqj2EiBbE6tm050orEbgf

    • Hi! You”re most welcome. Don’t worry, this is an authentic Gucci bag. Enjoy!

  7. Hi, I recently found a vintage navy monogram hobo bag with a gold tag that has “Gucci” in cursive and Italy on the bottom; it does not have “made in Italy”. Have you seen any tags like this on older Gucci bags? Thanks for any help!

    • Hi Wenaerz! This Gucci Monogram Boston Bag with serial number 247205 4650 is, unfortunately, fake.

  8. I have a Gucci handbag that says Gucci on the tag and Italy under the Gucci. Numbers on the back are 33427. The 2 has a loop on the bottom of it. Stitching is good. Hardware on strap says Gucci and other hardware has the GG. Interior is deteriorating because of age. Could this bag be fake? Thanks

    • Hi Mary! Kindly upload clear and detailed photos of the bag on Imgur or Tinypic, then upload the links here to check. Cheers!

    • Hi Nana! This Gucci monogram bag with serial number “181092 891012” is fake. Also, saw the seller’s private Instagram page, and “BRANDED BAGS FACTORY OUTLET” doesn’t sound right to me. I would stay away, if I were you.

    • Hi Raquel! For this free Gucci bag authentication, I will be needing clear photos of the Gucci bag, especially the Gucci tag and serial number. Please upload on Imgur or Tinypic, and put the links in your comment. Cheers!

    • Hi Ami! This Gucci monogram pochette with serial number “07198 2123” unfortunately has red flags. I would not be comfortable buying this. Cheers!

  9. Hi there,

    Could you please help with this bag? I’ve been wanting one for years! Thanks!

    Uncertain of lining (thought it was typically suede or diamanté), Gucci interior tag seems imprinted off centre, unsure of serial combo and if zipper pulls are either in great shape or seem plasticky? Thanks!

    Extra pics: https://m.imgur.com/a/IwXd1X0
    Link: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Auth-GUCCI-Bamboo-Hand-Bag-Black-Leather-Italy-Vintage-S08666/233181168741?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3Ddabd40f02c3743ab93134f6425e326d6%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D173639963257%26itm%3D233181168741&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3A7af77a27-51da-11e9-ae3b-74dbd180aa71%7Cparentrq%3Ac7b0ba701690abc616f2acd1fff43018%7Ciid%3A1

  10. Hi can a vintage mirco show the Gucci crest on a metal emblem on the inside with only Italy underneath. Not “made in” ? Concerned of authenticity. How can I send you an image?

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