Faleristics (also spelled phaleristics, from the Latin phalera) is an auxiliary science of history which studies orders, medals, decorations and their systems (system of awards in differing countries, such asthe British honors system). The field also studies the medals’ accessories, such as ribbon bars, award certificates, and statutes. It studies the historical, sociological and art history dimensions. It also defines the study of badges and pins created for civilian usage. Finally, the term defines the field of collecting.