How to tell if an old coin has been cleaned?

Ok, so I am learning.

I can tell if a high grade coin has been cleaned, because it will remove the "mint cartwheel".

Older silver coins that have been retoned will usually look different. The original toning usually has contrast, meaning some areas are darker than others.

My hardest understanding is how to tell if an older circulated silver.coin has been cleaned.

If it was cleaned 60 years ago, the toning that appears is usually the same type due to age.

However, how can one tell if the hairlines on the coin was from cleaning, or if it was from normal circulation?

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