In 1644, two Swedish noblemen, later called Renstierna ('Reindeer star'), set up a forge in the Swedish village Pajala (Finnish for 'forge village') north of the Arctic Circle. As Sweden at that time was very eager to mint all the copper found in the country, they also got a concession for minting. Renstiernas minted both plate money and minor local coins in values of 5, 10, 15 and 20 öre.

Kengis has been owned by same family since 1850s, although manufacturing ended in 1879. Today Kengis offers activity holiday services, like fishing and hunting.

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Founded: 1644
Category: Industrial sites in Sweden
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Sweden)

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