and both were being made at the same time from 1994 till 1997.
This means that the the serial numbers starting in 1994 ran consecutively on both the MIJ and the CIJ models while the MIJ logo was being phased out.
Fender American Vintage Reissue Stratocasters have serial numbers that begin at V000001 in 1982 and are now approaching V200000 in 2008.
Each American Reissue Stratocaster that left the factory had one of these V serial numbers stamped into the neckplate.
Their legal department politely declined] Here are some Fender serial number resources.