Nikon Serial #'s - Any encoded with info like date made,etc.?

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    Some things we buy have serial numbers that encode manufacturers data; The VIN number on your vehicle for one. I'm asking if Nikon serials #'s are similar for any of their products? I'm asking because almost all my equipment was bought used and I'm curious about unit history, etc.. I've already been to sites like Ken Rockwell but I was hoping for info more specific to individual items - if possible.

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    Wow! Just what I was looking for. I made sure to Paypal a small donation too, to help support the site.
    The only problem I had was that on 2 of my Nikkor lenses I can't find the serial #'s for the life of me.
    The site still has plenty of useful info anyway. I have looked all over and swear I don't see any serial #'s.
    They are: 70-210mm 4-6.5D & a 105mm 2.8D. They were bought used & w/out box and papers. Beats me!

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    Sometimes the numbers are very very very small and not stamped in very deep. Hold a bright flashlight at an oblique angle to make them stand out.
     
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    Bingo! Used a LED Bore light as used for inspecting firearms barrels.
    Found 'em.
    BIG THX.!
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