Datecodes: How old is my speaker?

Here's how to work out the age of your Celestion speaker, simply from the datecode.

April 4, 2014

Vintage speaker date code, how old is my speaker
One question we're often asked is "how old is my speaker?" And if your speaker is in reasonably good condition, then it is straightforward to find this out for yourself.

Since 1956, all Celestion chassis drivers have been stamped with a datecode (two numbers and two letters), denoting exact date of manufacture. The codes are added on the production line and are stamped on the speaker's chassis leg, on the front gasket or for later speakers, printed onto an id label stuck onto the magnet's edge.

If you can track down the datecode, simply refer to the following set of tables, which provide an accurate record of the date codes used throughout the years.

1956 - 1962
Date codes from 1956 to 1962 are written in the form: Day/Month/Year. For example: 15DE = 15th April1960.

Year Code Month Code
1956 A January A
1957 B February B
1958 C March C
1959 D April D
1960 E May E
1961 F June F
1962 G July G
    August H
    September I
    October J
    November K
    December L

1963 - 1967
Note loss of 'I' from the month codes. Datecodes from 1963 to 1967 are written in the form: Day/Month/Year. E.g.: 19MK = 19th December 1965
Year Code Month Code
1963 H January A
1964 J February B
1965 K March C
1966 L April D
1967 M May E
    June F
    July G
    August H
    September J
    October K
    November L
    December M

1968 - 1991
Date codes from 1968 to 1991 are written in the form: Month/Year/Day. For example: KH7 = 7th October 1975
Year Code Month Code
1968 A January A
1969 B February B
1970 C March C
1971 D April D
1972 E May E
1973 F June F
1974 G July G
1975 H August H
1976 J September J
1977 K October K
1978 L November L
1979 M December M
1980 N    
1981 P    
1982 Q    
1983 R    
1984 S    
1985 T    
1986 U    
1987 V    
1988 W    
1989 X    
1990 Y    
1991 Z    

1992 - 2014
Date codes from 1992 to 2014 are written in the form: Day/Month/Year. For example: 29EJ = 29th May 1999

YearCode Month Code
1992 B January A
1993 C February B
1994 D March C
1995 E April D
1996 F May E
1997 G June F
1998 H July G
1999 J August H
2000 K September J
2001 L October K
2002 M November L
2003 N December M
2004 P    
2005 Q    
2006 R    
2007 S    
2008 T    
2009 U    
2010 V    
2011 W    
2012 X   
2013 Y    
2014 Z   

2015 onwards
Datecodes from 2015 are written in the form: Month/Year/Day. E.g.: JA21 = 21st September 2015

Year Code Month Code
2015 A January A
2016 B February B
2017 TBC March C
2018 TBC April D
2019 TBC May E
2020 TBC June F
2021 TBC July G
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