A Bradex number is assigned by the Bradford Exchange to identify collectible plates by nationality, maker, series and issue number. The Bradford Exchange was founded in 1973 and has become a major seller of limited-edition collectibles.
The Bradex number can be broken down into four parts. The first number represents the country of origin. The second identifies the maker of the plate. The third and fourth numbers, separated by a decimal point, represent the maker's series and issues numbers, respectively.
The Bradford Exchange, while also a manufacturer, applies its Bradex system to collectibles produced by other makers for items that are sold on the Bradford Exchange. The system is widely embraced by collectors.